John E. Keefe, Jr., a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, has devoted much of his time to civil trial practice throughout the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey specializing in negligence and product liability as well as complex mass tort litigation. John was admitted to the bar in 1990.
Having founded Keefe Bartels in 1996, John, the firm’s co-managing partner, leads our plaintiffs’ personal injury, mass tort litigation and complex litigation department. He has tried numerous matters to verdict and prosecuted hundreds of cases on behalf of victims of catastrophic loss. He has been appointed by the Superior Court as plaintiffs liaison counsel in an historic consumer fraud national class action, Talalai v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Docket No.: MID-L-8830-00-MT ) the settlement of which is valued at between one billion ($1,000,000,000) and three billion ($3,000,000,000) dollars to consumers. John was lead counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in one of the largest pollution cases in New Jersey, Janes v. Ciba Geigy Corporation (Docket No.: MID-L- 1669-01-MT). John served as local counsel in the securities class action litigation, In Re Sears, Roebuck & Co. Securities Litigation (Docket No. 02-C-07527) which resulted in a two hundred and fifteen million dollar ($215,000,000) cash settlement. John recently resolved a complex wrongful death case on behalf of a young widow and small children against New Jersey Transit Corporation for Wrongful Death Caused by Electrocution and Severe Burns for $10,000,000.00 Also, John served as liaison counsel in In Re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport Securities Litigation - (Civil Action No.: 04-374 (JWB)) before Judge Joel Pisano and the Hormone Replacement Therapy Litigation (Docket No.: ATL-2093-04 MT) before Judge Carol E. Higbee. He has also served as Co-Counsel in a national consumer fraud class settlement in Chicago, Illinois on behalf of thousands of consumers nationwide. Additional matters John has handled include: motor vehicle wrongful death, product liability, disfigurement, total disability, premises liability, burn injuries, worksite OSHA violations, multiple trauma, hospital negligence wrongful death and long term care negligence involving burns and wrongful death.
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, John earned his B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in 1987 and his Juris Doctor degree at Seton Hall University School of Law in 1990. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, and Washington D.C. He is also the Treasurer of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
New Committee Ethical Issues Regarding Metadata: 2015, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1990 - Present: Treasurer 2014 Secretary • 2013 • Trustee • Member
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, 1999 - 2010
Past President 2007
New Jersey State Bar Association, 1990 - Present
Civil Trial Section Exec. Comm. 1998-Present
Civil Trial section Chair, 2010-2012
Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Member
Monmouth County Bar Association: Member
Middlesex County Bar Association: Member
American Association for Justice: Member
Fellows of the American Bar Foundation New Jersey Chapter
NJ Certified Civil Trial Attorney