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John Edwin Keefe Jr

Personal injury Attorney at Red Bank, NJ

5.0   3 reviews

also known as John, Keefe

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 32 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 18 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2004
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    We fight for the rights of victims harmed by the actions of others. We have recovered over $100 million for people who were injured and for families who lost a loved one in motor vehicle, worksite, slip and fall accidents, or from defective products.

    32 years

  2. Car accident

  3. Class action

    32 years

  4. Defective and dangerous products
    Defective and dangerous products cause injuries. We work with victims and their families to recover compensation from the corporations responsible and their insurance companies. The successful prosecution of a products liability lawsuit works to prevent the continued marketing of dangerous products thereby preventing future harm to others.

    32 years

  5. Real estate

  6. Arbitration

  7. Computer fraud

  8. Employment and labor

  9. Mediation

  10. Mesothelioma and asbestos

  11. Motorcycle accident

  12. Slip and fall accident

  13. Trucking accident

  14. Workers compensation

  15. Wrongful death

John E. Keefe, Jr. is the former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. As president, his significant achievements included building diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, launching a mentoring program for new lawyers, and leveling 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,.
  • 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.
  • Served as co-counsel in a national consumer fraud class settlement in Chicago, Illinois on behalf of thousands of consumers nationwide.
  • Co-counsel in $30 million false advertising class action lawsuit Imran Chaudhri v. Osram Sylvania Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
  • Additional matters include: motor vehicle wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, burn injuries, worksite OSHA violations, hospital negligence wrongful death and long term care negligence involving burns and wrongful death.

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Posted by Tony | September 30, 2013
Keefe Bartels has resolved any and all issues between us to my complete and utter satisfaction. I hereby retract everything I have posted online about the law firm of Keefe Bartels LLP, and its individual attorneys, employees and principals.
Posted by The Wagner Family | September 1, 2010
Thank you to Mr. Keefe
This is to commend Mr. Keefe for a great job. Not only was he successful in my case, he made my family very comfortable. If ever I need a lawyer, I would not hesitate to call on Mr. Keefe. Thank you.
Posted by Z | April 15, 2010
Top Gun!
John Keefe, Jr. is not only a professional's professional, but he is genuinely a nice person with extraordinary communication skills. I am a seasoned litigator and required the services of a knowledgeable and talented personal injury lawyer who was able to handle a matter involving significantly complicated legal issues. After reviewing his professional credentials and personally interviewing Mr. Keefe, I selected him as my attorney and entrusted my case to him for handling. Not only did he resolve the matter in a shorter period of time than we had anticipated, but he did so with the expertise of a craftsman and the skill of an experienced advocate to my total satisfaction. He is the "Gold Standard" of the profession and a friendly, competent and skillful lawyer.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • Hon. Kenneth C. MacKenzie J.S.C.
  • 1990 - 1991


  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Gettysburg College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Wrongful Death Caused by Electrocution and Severe Burns for $10,000,000.00
  • $10,000,000.00
  • Janes v. CIBA-GEIGY Corporation Class Action Settlement
  • $20,000,000
  • Easton PA man catastrophically injured in I-78 crash recovers $2.6M settlement in Middlesex County
  • $2,600,000
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  • New Jersey Supreme Court Working Group on Ethical Issues Involving Metadata in Electronic Documents
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2010 - Present
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Civil Trial Bar Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1998 - Present
  • Monmouth County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - 2015
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Distinguished Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyer
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • 2004
  • Invited Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
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  • New Jersey Mass Torts & Class Actions Treatise
  • Chapter 11: Attorney's Fees in Class Actions
  • 2020
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Everything You Need to Know About Successfully Managing Track I & Track II Cases Under the New Mandatory Expedited Handling Program
  • 2014
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Paris, France
  • Trials and Tribulations: Jury Issues in State and Federal Court
  • 2014
  • Boardwalk Seminar
  • Class Action Update
  • 2013
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • So You Think You Want To Be A Lawyer
  • 2013
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Civil Litigation A La Italiana
  • 2013
  • Consumer Rights and/or Product Liability
  • So, You Think You Want To Be A Lawyer?
  • 2011
  • Experts By Experts Class Action Symposium
  • Class Action Lawsuits
  • N/A
  • Boardwalk Seminar
  • Hot Tips for Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse John
Litigation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John is a great attorney. I've known him since I was a law student and learned a lot from him. John helped me to make right choices in my professional legal carrier. He achieved great results for his clients and has a lot of invaluable experience to share with younger generation of New Jersey attorneys."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John has been a mentor to me for the last decade, and I can't imagine learning the practice of law from anyone else. Beyond his brilliance is a compassion and dedication to his clients, both personally and professionally, that is simply unmatched. John is a tireless and zealous advocate, a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and a perennial SuperLawyer. For complex injury or wrongful death cases, there is no better attorney in the state."
Class action Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would recommend Mr. Keefe for cases involving mass violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."

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Red Bank Personal injury Lawyer John Edwin Keefe Jr
John Edwin Keefe Jr
Personal injury Attorney
Red Bank, NJ
Licensed for 32 years
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