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Alfred Bartlett Keil

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chesapeake, VA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Bart Keil, A. Bartlett Keil

  • Licensed for 46 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Alfred

Learn Alfred’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Complex high asset, custody and/or support cases to the simple uncontested cases. Pre-marital and Separation Agreements; Military issues.

    46 years

  2. Family
    Custody and support issues; post divorce enforcement and modigfication issues; relocation; visitation - parent and non-parent

    46 years

  3. Personal injury
    Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall and other negligence claims

    46 years

  4. Adoption
    step-parent adoptions; direct placement and interstate adoptions; agency placement; and international

    46 years

I am proud to have been selected as AV-Rated (Preminent) in Family Law by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system, and to be included in the 2018 and 2019 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Family Law.

I earned my Law Degree (J.D.) from the T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond.  My undergraduate degree is from Virginia Commonwealth University -School of Business.

I entered private practice in Norfolk in 1978 after completing a Judicial Clerkship with the Virginia Supreme Court.  Initially focusing on injury cases, I quickly evolved into family law, which remains the focus of my practice today.

I enjoy boating, golf and the beach.  Anywhere near the water is great, except when on the golf course!


Green, Hampton & Kelly, PLLC
501 Independence Parkway
Suite 201
Chesapeake, VA, 23220

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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody, Divorce, Spousal support
Bart performed subperbly in my custody, divorce and spousal support cases. All were successfully negotiated which saved me considerable money and spared my children from being forced to participate. He was a steadying force who consistently reminded me to set the emotions aside and focus on the key matters I was trying to accomplish. And most importantly, we were successful in all three cases!
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Posted by Mark | December 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Pre- nuptial
Mr. Keil took a very personal interest in my situation and made me feel comfortable during the process. He took care to include eveything i requested and make any changes as well.
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very Happy
Bart was the best decision I ever made. I had a child custody battle that lasted for years and was very stressful. Bart was right along my side through it all. He listened to what I was trying to achieve and made it happen. He was very good at always returning my calls and emails. Very professional and very knowledgeable. My husband also used his services and achieved the same results. He was worth every penny and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for representation. I can’t thank him enough for all the hard work he did for us and the results we were able to obtain.
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Posted by Rose | May 29, 2015
Alimony Adjustment
I am so pleased with the services of Attorney Keil that I would highly recommend him to others. He is very professional, yet personable. His attention to his client and their issues is exceptional and always positive and keeps his client well informed of progress. When the unexpected occurs, he's there to handle it and truly has his client's best interest in mind. Attorney Keil has met and exceeded my expectations in this matter and I would select him again in a heartbeat. My choice to use his services was based on other lawyers opinions of him and they were all high and the attorney's ratings were accurate. You will not be disappointed if you choose Mr. Keil to represent you.
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Posted by Rose | May 19, 2015
Alimony Adjustment
I chose Mr. Keil to represent me based on his high ratings received from other lawyers. He did not disappoint me. The case is ended and I am extremely satisfied with the results. Mr. Keil is professional yet personable. He reviewed my documents, created a plan, executed the plan, submitted paperwork on my behalf to receive benefits, and was tolerant in his dealings with an unresponsive attorney. His office staff was helpful and polite. Mr. Keil, thank you for all the hard work and effort on my behalf. If you choose Mr. Keil, you will not be disappointed, he will do all he can to see that you receive favorable results.
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Posted by Jan | April 17, 2015
Exactly what I wanted
I went to Mr.Kiel with a specific mission. When I explained how I wanted to approach the issues he was supportive and responsive. At no time did he pressure me or give me advice against my original request. When the time came to change our approach he supported that decision and advised me accordingly. I would highly recommend his services. As a side note, Mr. Kiel's office staffers are kind and smart and motivated. I've had numerous encounters with Ashley. She handles my calls professionally, efficiently and effectively, with kindness in her voice.
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Posted by Tonya | April 16, 2015
Asking the right questions in the beginning sure makes a difference in the end!
"Every now and again I review my divorce documents and each time I walk away from the papers with more gratitude for you and what you have done for me and my children with preparing us for life after divorce. I cannot thank you enough for having the foresight to ask me, and I will never forget, "what's most important to you?" When I answered "consistency for my children," you built that into our long-term plans. Nearly 7 years later, I am still seeing your expert hand at work in our lives and financial future. I just want you to know, truly, how thankful I am." ~a personal thank you note 2/2015 Over the years he has been the only legal representative I turn to for questions. As life and circumstances changed with divorce, children growing up, etc. his wisdom and experience has proven to be invaluable. For those experiencing a legal questioning period in your life, I can, with the highest of recommendations and respect, share that Bart will address your individual concerns, make a plan and implement that plan professionally as well as periodically review that plan for updates-something you don't see often: follow up beyond the court date!
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2015
An Experienced Attorney
Wish I would have found Mr.Keil sooner. I had no knowledge of dealing with attorneys until 2006. I started with a general attorney that was inexperienced in my complex family law needs. Thankfully Mr. Keil was able to catch a serious error and help to set things right for my family. He was a knowledgeable advocate and executed that in and out of the courtroom.
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Posted by Judy | April 11, 2015
Mr. Keil and his staff helped me with my divorce. They were very knowledgeable, kind and always available to listen to me. I would recommend them for any service you might need. Judy
Posted by Norman | April 10, 2015
Client Representation
Bart Keil is an experienced and well qualified attorney. He represented me in a contested child custody matter and throughout the stages of litigation including an appeal displayed that he is a skillful attorney. His demeanor reflected a persona of an ethically strong and principled advocate.
Posted by Anthony Mulford, Esquire | April 10, 2015
Endorsement of Alfred Bartlett Keil, Esquire
I have known Bart for almost 20 years. During that time he and I have worked together and on opposite sides of cases. His credentials are impeccable. I have always found him to be honest with me and zealous on behalf of his clients. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Emmett | April 8, 2015
Extremely satisfied
Mr. Keil is a very "one on one" attorney. He personally oversees every detail and nothing is ever missed. He comes "Highly" recommended and will produce the results you are looking for without question.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Green, Hampton & Kelly, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pender & Coward, PC
  • 2004 - 2017
  • Partner
  • The Keil Law Firm
  • 1985 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Poston, Mercer, Grey, Keil and Arsenault
  • 1980 - 1985
  • Partner
  • Sadler and Keil
  • 1979 - 1980
  • Associate
  • Furniss, Davis and Rashkind
  • 1978 - 1979
  • Law Clerk
  • Supreme Court Of Virginia
  • 1977 - 1978
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  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brown v. Brown
  • Chaplain v. Chaplain


  • Chesapeake Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers - Family Law
  • U.S News Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018


Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Asstets
  • Failure to Obtain and Interpret All Financial Documents
  • 2015
  • Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
  • Inaccurate Valuation of Assets
  • 2015
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues
  • 2013
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Violence in the Home
  • 2013
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Advanced Child and Spousl Support Issues
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Alfred
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to see Mr. Keil in action in a very complex and serious case. His performance was, in one word, impressive."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bart is a professional who works along side his clients to gain the best outcome."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chesapeake Divorce and separation Lawyer Alfred Bartlett Keil
Alfred Bartlett Keil
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chesapeake, VA
Licensed for 46 years