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Member Profile: Hon. John Keefe (Ret.)

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Keefe Law Firm
125 Half Mile Rd Suite 100
Red Bank, NJ 07701
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Tel: (732) 224-9400
Fax: (732) 224-9494

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Special Master


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Hon. John Keefe (Ret.) has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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John E. Keefe Sr. retired from his position as a Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court where he served for thirteen years. Appointed to the bench in 1977, Judge Keefe's judicial career spanned nearly twenty-five years.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Keefe was a civil trial attorney. His trial practice involved various areas of law, including medical malpractice, product liability, and insurance. Shortly after becoming a judge, Judge Keefe was designated to supervise and administer a pilot project involving statewide asbestos litigation. As a result of that designation, he was responsible for the appointment of the first full-time Special Master in New Jersey, and developed uniform discovery procedures that were recognized on a national level. In 1984 he was appointed to the position of Presiding Judge of the General Equity Part. He served in that capacity and as Asbestos judge until he was appointed to the Appellate Division in July 1988. During his tenure in the Superior Court, Judge Keefe also served on several committees and chaired the Committee on Model Civil Charges and Complex Case Management. 

In addition to his of counsel duties to the firm, Judge Keefe focuses his practice on mediation, arbitration, special master services, and consultation in connection with complex litigation and appellate matters.


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey - L.L.B.
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey - B.S. Honors: Dean's List - Major:  Political Science

Memberships & Affiliations

Honors and Awards:
  • Martindale-Hubbell's AV® Preeminent®
  • Distinguished Service Award, NJ Inst for Continuing Legal Education, 2003
  • James McLaughlin Professionalism Award, Civil Trial Bar Section, N.J. Bar Ass'n., 2003
  • Daniel L. Golden Lifetime Achievement Award - Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, 2005
Published Works:
  • Co-Author, New Jersey Products Liability & Toxic Torts Law, Gann Law Books
  • Presumed Knowledge: A Legal Fiction Gone Awry?, 19 Seton Hall L Rev, 174, 1989
  • Proving Product Defect After the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Product Liability, 30 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1, 1999
Classes/Seminars Taught:
  • Seton Hall School of Law, 1986 - 2002
  • New Jersey Judicial College, 1988 - Present
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1980 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships
  • The American Law Institute
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey - Trustee


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Hon. John Keefe (Ret.) is a member of our NJ chapter, The New Jersey Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. The NJAMA profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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