Patrick Keel

Terry Keel

Terry Keel, Of Counsel
Former Parliamentarian, Texas House of Representatives (2007 – 2009)
Former State Representative (1997 – 2007)
Former Chairman, Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence (2003 – 2007)
Former Travis County Sheriff (1992 – 1997)
Former felony prosecutor (1983 – 1992)

Biographical Information

Terry Keel is a founding partner of Keel & Nassour, LLP, and of counsel to the firm. Mr. Keel’s courtroom work has included numerous high-profile cases.   Mr. Keel is a fifth generation Austinite, born in Austin on January 13, 1958 and raised in a family of six boys and one girl.  He is married to Jeanne Compeau Keel and they have twin sons, Travis and Sean and a daughter, Caitlin.  Mr. Keel is a Life Member of the Texas Ex-Students’ Association, a member of Saint Austin’s Catholic Church and is active in many other civic and charitable causes.

Mr. Keel has an extensive public service record.  He served as Parliamentarian for the Texas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.  He was an elected member of the Texas House of Representatives where he represented the Austin area from 1997 to 2007.  He served as Chairman of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Chairman of the House Select Interim Committee on Sex Offender Statutes, and Chairman of the Select Committee on Election Contests.  He also served as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, a member of the General Investigating & Ethics Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the House Administration Committee.  Rep. Keel authored a large number of legislative measures including major public safety and criminal justice enactments and received numerous recognitions from civic groups for his service as a legislator, including from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the Texas Municipal Police Association, and the Austin Police Association. 

Immediately prior to his service in the House of Representatives, Mr. Keel served as Travis County Sheriff from 1992 to 1997 where he was highly acclaimed for his innovations in the areas of victim services, inmate labor, and law enforcement investigations.  Mr. Keel also served as Assistant Travis County District Attorney from 1984 to 1992, supervising several divisions, including major crimes, organized crime, child abuse and juvenile prosecution and was lead counsel in over fifty felony jury trials.  He received several distinguished law enforcement and civic awards for his service as Sheriff and Assistant District Attorney, including special recognitions from the Austin Police Association, the Chief of Police, the Hispanic Police Officers Association, and the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Terry Keel is a 1976 graduate of L.B.J. High School where he was Senior Class President.   He also has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas (1980) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston (1983).

Mr. Keel was licensed to practice law by the Texas Supreme Court on June 24, 1983 and is additionally licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Western and Southern Federal Districts of Texas and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

East 11th Street Keel
1100 E 11th Street, Felix Cherico Store (Terry Keel’s great-great uncle)
Austin, Texas circa 1890.
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