William L. Keville, Jr.

William L. Keville, Jr.: Attorney with Melick & Porter, LLP AV stamp icon
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Bill is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive trial experience and successful verdicts defending clients in construction, complex product liability, premises liability, dram shop, transportation and sports and recreation matters. He represents product manufacturers, contractors, shopping malls, restaurants, major real estate developers, property owners, condominium associations, resorts and ski areas.

Bill routinely counsels his clients to help avoid and/or minimize liability risks. For example, Bill is a member of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys and he drafts contracts and release agreements for many resorts and recreational facilities throughout New England. Bill recently secured summary judgment in favor of one of those resorts in a wrongful death case by enforcing the release agreement.

Bill's practice has earned him Martindale Hubbell's highest possible AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. Bill has also been selected as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer” and as one of “New England’s Top Rated Lawyers.” National franchises frequently seek Bill out for representation based on his trial experience. As a Member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Bill chairs the Trial Practice session.

Bill recently spoke at Claims Litigation Management’s 10th Anniversary Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. The CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance industry with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries.

A former intercollegiate athlete at Williams College, Bill received his juris doctor degree from Suffolk University. While at Suffolk, Bill was a Law Review Editor and began his trial career by prosecuting cases in Chelsea District Court pursuant to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03.

Bill is a member of the Board of Visitors at his alma mater Worcester Academy. He also serves on the Board of Trustee Advisors at the Nativity School of Worcester, an accredited, independent middle school that provides a quality, all scholarship education to underserved boys of all faiths.

In addition, Bill is an avid golfer who enjoys spending time with his family in Maine and participating in the annual Cross River Challenge.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Construction Law
  • General Liability
  • Hospitality and Restaurant
  • Liquor Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Recreational Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
781-786-2730  Phone
(617) 502-9615  Phone
University Attended:
Williams College, B.A., American Civilization, 1981
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Year of First Admission:
1986, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 1985, Massachusetts
Birth Information:
Worcester, Massachusetts

Peer Reviews

Boston, Massachusetts

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