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For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


Keefe serves as New Jersey State Bar Association secretary

New Brunswick: John E. Keefe Jr., a Monmouth County lawyer, who has served as a New Jersey State Bar Association trustee and president of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, is secretary of the state bar association.  

 Keefe Jr., a founder and co-managing partner of Keefe Bartels, is on the path to the presidency in 2018. He took the oath of office at the state bar association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City earlier this summer.

I am honored to serve as secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association. … Now is the time to recommit our mission of the bar; the preservation of our system of trial by jury; the work ethic needed to bridge the issues facing our county bar associations; and to the development of the young legal talent in this state,” said Keefe.

Keefe’s practice specializes in negligence and product liability, as well as complex mass tort litigation. He has tried numerous matters to verdict and prosecuted hundreds of cases on behalf of victims of catastrophic loss, including being appointed as plaintiffs’ liaison counsel in a historic consumer fraud national class action. In addition to serving as a trustee of the state bar, he is also a former chair of its Civil Trial Bar Section. He has also been a frequent speaker and moderator of educational seminars for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Keefe earned his B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in 1987 and his Juris Doctor degree at Seton Hall University School of Law in 1990. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, and Washington D.C.