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John Edwin Keefe Jr

John Edwin Keefe Jr

Managing Partner, Keefe Law Firm
  • Personal Injury
  • District of Columbia, Florida, New Jersey
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John E. Keefe, Jr. is the current and 120th president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. His primary goals as leader of the state bar are to build on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, launch a mentoring program for new lawyers and level the malpractice playing field.

A Certified Civil Trial Attorney, he has devoted much of his time to civil trial practice throughout the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey specializing in negligence and product liability as well as complex mass tort and class action litigation. He founded Keefe Law Firm in 1996 and leads our plaintiffs’ personal injury, mass tort litigation and complex litigation department. John has tried numerous matters to verdict and prosecuted hundreds of cases on behalf of victims of catastrophic loss.

Significant Representations
• Appointed by the Superior Court as plaintiffs liaison counsel in an historic consumer fraud national class action, Talalai v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Docket No.: MID-L-8830-00-MT ) the settlement of which is valued at between $1,000,000,000and $3,000,000,000 to consumers.

• Lead counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in one of the largest pollution cases in New Jersey, Janes v. Ciba Geigy Corporation (Docket No.: MID-L- 1669-01-MT).

• Served as local counsel in the securities class action litigation, In Re Sears, Roebuck & Co. Securities Litigation (Docket No. 02-C-07527) which resulted in a $215,000,000 cash settlement.

• Resolved a complex wrongful death case on behalf of a young widow and small children against New Jersey Transit Corporation for Wrongful Death Caused by Electrocution and Severe Burns for $10,000,000.00

• Served as liaison counsel in In Re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport Securities Litigation – (Civil Action No.: 04-374 (JWB)) before Judge Joel Pisano and the Hormone Replacement Therapy Litigation (Docket No.: ATL-2093-04 MT) before Judge Carol E. Higbee.

Practice Area
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Areas
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Class Actions
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
New Jersey
Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D. (1990)
Gettysburg College
B.A. (1987) | English Literature
Professional Associations
Fellows of the American Bar Association, New Jersey Chapter
Monmouth County Bar Association
Middlesex County Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Government Advisory Committee Executive Order
Transition Team Member
New Jersey State Bar Association
Civil Trial Section Executive Committee
- Current
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association # 034081990
Treasurer, Secretary
New Jersey State Bar Association
Civil Trial Section Chair
Articles & Publications
Commitment to Professionalism Critical for All Attorneys
New Jersey Lawyer No. 315/December 2018
NJSBA Mentor Match Needs You
New Jersey Lawyer No. 314
Tree of Life Synagogue, Words Matter
New Jersey State Bar Association
Doing Good Together, for the NJSBA and Profession
New Jersey Lawyer No. 313
Leading Lawyers Forward, Together
New Jersey Lawyer No. 312
Speaking Engagements
NJSBA Best Practices, Civil Trial Bench Bar Conference, New Jersey
New Jersey Association for Justice
Class Action Update, NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City
New Jersey Association for Justice
Everything You Need to Know About Successfully Managing Track I & Track II Cases Under the New Mandatory Expedited Handling Program, NJSBA Annual Meeting
New Jersey State Bar Association
Certified Civil Trial Attorney
New Jersey Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Keefe Law Firm
John E. Keefe, Jr.
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Contact & Map
125 Half Mile Rd
Suite 100
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Telephone: (732) 224-9400