Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Estates, Probate & Trust Litigation
James J. O'Keeffe
Partner
Okeeffe@gentrylocke.com
Direct: 540.983.9459
Fax: 540.983.9400

James J. O'Keeffe

Partner

Phone: 540.983.9459
Fax: 540.983.9400
Okeeffe@gentrylocke.com
Jay O'Keeffe focuses his practice on appeals and trusts-and-estates litigation. On the appellate side, he helps people both to bring appeals and to resist them, securing their results in the trial court. He has briefed and argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Jay publishes a blog, De Novo, at www.virginiaappellatelaw.com, and has been repeatedly recognized for his appellate work. Jay's fiduciary-litigation practice helps people to realize — and protect — their plans for their family, finances, and health. 
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Education

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

Experience

  • 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 Lewis v. City of Alexandria, 756 S.E.2d 465 (Va. 2014); Hill v. Crum, 727 F.3d 312 (4th Circuit 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, 413 Fed. Appx. 615 (4th Circuit 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

Education

  • 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 www.virginiaappellatelaw.com

  • 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).

Awards

  • Listed in Benchmark Appellate as a Local Litigation Star (2013)
  • Designated as one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for Appellate Law (2012-2013)
  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Appellate Law (2010-2014) and Business Litigation (2008-2009)  

 

Gentry Locke attorney Jay O'Keeffe is AV-Preeminent Rated

Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar; Member (2002-Present); Appellate Subcommittee (2009-Present); Trusts and Estates Section (2014-Present)
  • Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar, Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2011-2014)
  • The Virginia Bar Association; Member, (2002-Present); Appellate Subcommittee (2009-Present); Wills, Trusts and Estates Section (2014-Present)
  • 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)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (2009-Present); Appellate Section (2012-Present)
  • Board Member and Secretary, Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation (2008-Present)