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James J. O'Keeffe
Direct: 540.983.9459
Fax: 540.983.9400

James J. O'Keeffe


Phone: 540.983.9459
Fax: 540.983.9400
Jay O'Keeffe helps clients with appeals and complex civil litigation. He is a frequent speaker and author on state and federal appellate topics. Jay publishes a blog, De Novo, that is available at
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  • College of William and Mary, B.A. magna cum laude, 1999; Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2002


  • Briefed and argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Representative appeals include Hill v. Crum, No. 12-6705, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16848 (4th Cir. August 14, 2013); S.L.M. v. Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc., 514 Fed. Appx. 389 (4th Cir. 2013); VanBuren v. Grubb, 284 Va. 584, 733 S.E.2d 919 (2012); Jarmak v. Ramos, 497 Fed. Appx. 289 (2012); VanBuren v. Grubb, 471 Fed. Appx. 228 (4th Cir. 2012);  Bonham v. Weinraub, No. 10-1430, 2011 U.S. App.   LEXIS 4227 (4th Cir. Feb. 24, 2011); Rascher v. Friend, 279 Va. 370, 689 S.E.2d 661, Dunn Construction Co., Inc. v. Cloney, 278 Va. 260, 682 S.E.2d 943 (2009); Kennedy v. Joy Technologies, Inc., 269 Fed. Appx. 302 (4th Cir. 2008); Switzer v. Switzer, 273 Va. 326, 641 S.E.2d 80 (2007)
  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters in state and federal trial courts
  • Maintains a regular trial court practice
  • Associated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP before joining Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore


  • College of William and Mary, B.A. magna cum laude, 1999
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2002

Published Work

>> Read Jay's Blog, De Novo at

  • Co-author, Social Media and Discovery -- New Tools, Same Rules; The VADA Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXII, No. 4, Winter 2010-2011.
  • Co-author, Something Old, Something New: The Partial Final Judgment Rule; VSB Litigation News, Volume XV Number III (Fall 2010).
  • Co-author, Thoughts on Trying Construction Cases: An Appellate Perspective; Virginia State Bar Construction Law and Public Contracts News, Issue No. 56 (Spring 2010).
  • Co-author, Have You Made A Last-ditch, Desperate, and Disingenuous Attempt to Subvert the Legal Process Today?; Virginia Lawyer Magazine, Volume 57 (February 2009).


  • Listed in Benchmark Appellate as a Local Litigation Star (2013)
  • Designated as one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for Appellate Law (2013)
  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Appellate Law (2010-2013) and Business Litigation (2008-2009)  
  • National Trial Lawyers "Top 40 Under 40" for Virginia (2012)


  • Virginia State Bar; Member (2002-Present); Appellate Subcommittee (2009-Present)
  • Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar, Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2011-2014)
  • Virginia Bar Association; Member, (2002-Present); Appellate Subcommittee (2009-Present); Young Lawyers Division (2002-Present)
  • Designated as one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine in Appellate Law (2012)
  • Graduate, ABA Appellate Practice Institute (2011)
  • Graduate, National Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia School of Law (2010)
  • Roanoke Bar Association (2006-Present)
  • American Bar Association (2002-Present); Litigation Section Member, Appellate Practice Committee (2009-Present)
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (2009-Present)
  • Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (2006-2012)
  • Board Member, Secretary and Legal Advisor, Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation (2008-Present)