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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.

 
Areas of Practice:
70% Mediation
20% Arbitration
10% Of Counsel Consultation and Discovery Master Services
Bar Admissions:
New Jersey, 1965
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1965
    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

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

Honors and Awards:
    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

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

Past Employment Positions:
    Superior Court of New Jersey, Judge, 1977 - 2001

Birth Information:
    1941, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America 
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Jun 29 2014
Newark, NJ:On June 26, 2014 an Essex County, New Jersey jury awarded a Newark man $785,000 for being wrongfully arrested and imprisoned for 490 days for crimes he did not commit. The plaintiff was represented by Patrick J. Bartels, Esq. and Jennifer Harwood Ruhl, Esq. of Keefe Bartels.
May 19 2014

ATLANTIC CITY -- John E. Keefe Jr., a Monmouth County lawyer, who has served as a New Jersey State Bar Association trustee and president of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, is treasurer of the state bar association.

May 15 2014
On Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm at Annual New Jersey State Bar Association at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Jennifer Harwood Ruhl will be inducted in to the “Women in the Profession Section” as a Trustee.
Apr 30 2014
The city school district has agreed to pay $199,999 to a teacher who claimed that school officials failed to take action — and tried to cover up — a sexual assault by a substitute teacher in her classroom. Click here to read the full story.
Apr 23 2014
Keefe Bartels takes this opportunity to thank our staff for their continued hard work and dedication.
Apr 16 2014
This successful yearly program will present speakers from civil, criminal and workers compensation backgrounds who will offer rapid-fire hot tips of relevance to all litigators.
 
Apr 16 2014
Don't miss this first public presentation and discussion of a program that will have a significant impact on the way in which Track I and Track II cases are handled Friday May 16, 2014 12pm-1:30pm at the Borgata
Apr 04 2014

On April 12, 2014 Honorable C. Judson Hamlin to be honored at the Douglass Founders Day Awards Recognition Luncheon: Douglass Medal: Honorable C. Judson Hamlin

Mar 26 2014
The Law offices of Keefe Bartels announce that five of their attorneys have been selected as 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers. The attorneys designated as 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers, and the practice area for which they were chosen, are:
Feb 26 2014
Keefe Bartels is investigating alleged claims of serious and sometimes fatal side effects suffered by patients who were prescribed “Low T” drugs for testosterone therapy, or TT.  
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