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Stephen Thomas Keefe Jr.

Medical malpractice Attorney at Lakewood, OH

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident

  2. Medical malpractice
    I am proud to specialize in catastrophic medical malpractice and wrongful death actions, including those involving birth injuries (Cerebral Palsy, Birth Asphyxia, delayed C-Section and/or delivery, Erb's Palsy/Shoulder Dystocia, etc), traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia and paraplegia, pharmaceutical malpractice and medication errors, defective drugs and medical devices, physician, nurse, hospital and nursing home malpractice, diagnosis & treatment errors, and others.

    25 years

  3. Personal injury
    I handle severe and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, including bicycle, motor vehicle, motorcycle and trucking crashes, workplace and construction injuries, explosions, electrocutions, premises liability, bar owner liability (also known as Dram Shop liability in Ohio), products liability, inadequate security, and others.

    25 years

  4. Trucking accident

  5. Wrongful death



Fewer Clients.  More Attention.  Better Results.  

Many firms take on as many cases as possible, quickly losing sight of the individual client(s) and his, her of their specific losses and harms.  That has never been my philosophy of practicing law, and it never will be.  People contact medical malpractice, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury attorneys like myself when tragedy strikes and when they need help the most.  They want assurance that they will get the personalized attention they deserve, as opposed to merely being treated like a number or simply "handled" as just one case among a multitude of cases.  The Keefe Law Firm, LLC takes on significant causes, not merely cases, and is rooted in providing personal and individualized legal representation, one cause at a time.   

I am a lifelong and proud Ohioan.  I was born in Cleveland Heights and was raised both there and then later in Geauga County.  I attended college at Miami University and started as a Psychology Major in hopes of helping people better themselves.  After being exposed to a few terrific undergraduate law professors, I found my true calling in the law--a field where I could be both a counselor and an advocate.  I attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law and have been a very well-respected and practicing attorney in Ohio for the past 18 years.  I am proud to actively represent clients in Cuyagoga, Geauga, Medina, Summit, Lake, Portage, Mahoning, Ashtabula and other counties throughout Ohio. 

What I have valued most throughout my legal career, and what I will continue to value the most, are the significant and ongoing relationships I have formed with my diverse clients.  To me, this is the essence of what practicing law is all about.    








The Keefe Law Firm, LLC
14222 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH, 44107


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  5 customer reviews
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Posted by AJ | April 23, 2015
Excellent lawyer - I wish I could give more than 5 stars!
Excellent attorney - I have trusted him with all my personal and family legal issues. Stephen is hard-working, personable, HONEST, knowledgeable and effective. He has given me great advice and helped me to be successful in my legal roadblocks. He has helped me in a couple very difficult situations and I am very satisfied with my result. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. Stephen is also very humble and fair. I wish more lawyers were like him and as effective. A genuine good guy that wants justice served. Great job Stephen and keep doing things the way you do them. I wish him much continued success!
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Posted by Marilena | November 6, 2014
Colleague in the Legal Community
Steve Keefe has been well known to me for almost two decades. I first met Steve when he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Kathleen Sutula. He was excellent then and has become nothing short of exceptional over the course of his career. Steve is a skilled litigator, an informative and energetic public speaker, and a passionate advocate who truly cares about the people he is privileged to represent. As a colleague, I can attest to his professionalism. Above all, he is a genuinely good and kind person with a strong moral fiber.
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Posted by Dave | October 30, 2014
Great guy, Great Attorney
Steve was a pleasure to work with and was honest and dependable at all times. He had focused, concise, and confident answers to my questions. He was very thorough in his research. He put me on a clear path to success in my situation.
Posted by Jeff | October 30, 2014
I Highly Recommend Steve Keefe
Steve did a terrific job and worked tirelessly for our family after my injury. We were hesitant about taking legal action, but Steve walked us through the process clearly and answered all of our questions, putting us at ease right away. He listened to everything we had to say and followed up on each phone call quickly so that we always knew what was happening. The outcome was exactly what we hoped for.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2014
Keefe review
I have worked with Steve for several years and would highly recommend him to anyone. He has done an excellent job representing me and my company with two separate matters. He was very responsive and we reached favorable closure quickly.


  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Keefe Law Firm, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney and then Partner
  • The Linton Keefe Law Firm Co., LPA f/k/a Linton & Hirshman, LLC
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Judicial Staff Attorney
  • Cuyahoga County Court Of Common Pleas
  • 1997 - 2000


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1996
  • Miami University
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1992


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • The 3R's Program - in conjunction with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Cleveland Public School System
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • President
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Treasurer
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Secretary
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Dedicated Service Award
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2009
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (16)
Endorse Stephen
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"What sets Steve apart from other lawyers is that he digs deeper than most and thinks outside of the box. Steve uses the factual evidence to position his client's case in the best possible light for the client (and the worst possible light for the defendant). This thoroughness is what sets Steve apart from other litigation attorneys handling medical malpractice cases. I would want Steven handling my case if I ever needed an attorney for a medical malpractice or personal injury case."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is dedicated and highly experienced in serious personal injuries resulting from careless acts. His expertise in this area is outstanding. He is the former President of The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and is recognized in the legal community as top-notch. He handles each client with enthusiasm, passion and commitment. His results are outstanding. I highly recommend him."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Stephen is one of the most professional and detail-oriented attorneys that I have known. He gives his clients unsurpassed personal time and attention. Stephen is results oriented and I highly endorse his services."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve and I have worked on many catastrophic injury cases together. He is a skilled and caring trial attorney who goes the extra mile for his clients."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is one of the most dedicated, hard working and contientious attorneys in Ohio. He has been involved in many landmark decisions and is a tenacious and tireless advocate for his clients. I highly reccomend and endorse Steve and would not hesitate in sending a family member to him for representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of getting to know Steve personally & professionally over the past 20 years. You will not find a more compassionate, hard working or creative attorney. Steve cares deeply about his client's and their causes. He selflessly gives all he's got to make sure every detail of his client's cases are explored and developed. He is a rare combination of fierce legal advocate and kind human being. I am proud to call Steve a friend and colleague."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Steve for nearly 20 years. In that time, I've watched his transformation into a top tier trial lawyer who demonstrates remarkable trial skills and compassion for his clients. His integrity, work ethic and professionalism are among the highest in our community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Steve Keefe for many years. He is a creative and enthusiastic defender of his clients rights. He is diligent, intelligent and thoughtful and always well prepared. It is with great pleasure that I enthusiastically endorse him."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve's compassion and willingness to fight for his clients is unmatched. I endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is an excellent lawyer who cares about his clients. He is well respected in the profession. No one will work harder to get justice for his client than Steve."
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