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Candid Interview with Attorney Bruce Kehoe

September 29, 2013

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Bruce Kehoe began his professional career as a registered physical therapist. This experience helped form a unique perspective on how law relates to the practice of medicine and the lives of seriously injured people. Bruce has been honored with the 2001 Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year award and induction into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

Q: What song best describes your work ethic and why?

A: Wow, what a question! I have to narrow it down to two. “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson or “Turn The Page” by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. Having tried better than 100 jury trials, I can say only a handful have been in Marion County. There’s something really fun about having a jury trial road trip which is the basis for the two songs.

Q: If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you have?

A: Well, flying like Superman would be too easy, even though I’ve always had dreams about that since I was a little boy. I think I would prefer to have the chest of steel where bullets bounce off you because I get hit with so many “bullets of BS” from defense lawyers that I’m sure that power would come in handy.

Q: If you could tell your 18-year-old self something, what would it be?

A: Chill out, Dude! Be patient with life, and it’s amazing how things will work out. Just don’t underestimate yourself or the circumstances or your ability to make a contribution to those around you.

Q: What would you choose as your last meal?

A: Well, this is the easiest question. My last meal would be spaghetti bolognese with a really nice, crusty french bread with an olive oil dipping sauce, followed by a dessert of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. If it is your last meal, no one would ever want to start off a journey like that without sufficient carbohydrate loading!

Q: You’ve been a trial lawyer for over 30 years. What’s been the most rewarding experience?

A: I have really loved being a trial lawyer. I have had the unusual pleasure of trying 10 cases or so with my wife. I’ve also had the unusual opportunity of trying 11 cases with my father, as our office administrator, where he was sitting at counsel table (we never lost a case!). What an incredible experience that I will always appreciate.

Q: You’re a pilot and so is WKW attorney Chris Stevenson. Who’s the better pilot?

A: Well, hands down Chris is a professional pilot. My idea of flying is a beautiful summer day taking my family to the Great Lakes fishing or to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan skiing.

Q: If you weren’t a lawyer or a physical therapist, what would you be?

A: Without a doubt I would be a football coach. I love the game, the intricacies of 11 moving parts on both sides of the ball every play, be it offense, defense or special teams. I’ve always loved the contact, and my fondest memories are actually of football practice.

Q: In your opinion, what’s the best thing about being a lawyer?

A: Wow, over the last 30 years I have met such fabulous people from clients to lawyers to expert witnesses to just factual observers caught in the midst of an event. I have had a really interesting life filled with meeting a variety of unique and interesting people from the world’s finest neurosurgeons to the President of the United States to people who have led lives of immeasurable dignity from many small towns in the Midwest.

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