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Jay O'Keeffe

Jay O'Keeffe

Roanoke, Virginia

Jay focuses his practice on appellate and business litigation, as well as fiduciary disputes and trust-and-estate litigation.  He has briefed or argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Court of Appeals of Virginia. He also publishes a blog, De Novo, that is available at www.virginiaappellatelaw.com.

Often recognized for his appellate work, Jay has been named both a Virginia Super Lawyer and a Rising Star and was listed in Benchmark Appellate as a Local Litigation Star and designated as one of the Legal Elite for Appellate Law by Virginia Business magazine. He maintains an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a 10/10 rating from Avvo.


  • Briefed and argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters in state and federal courts
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia School of Law (Spring 2017)
  • Faculty member, Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2011-2014)
  • Member, Ted Dalton American Inn of Court
  • Graduate, National Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia (2010)
  • Graduate, ABA Appellate Practice Institute (2011)
  • Board Member, Roanoke Bar Association (2014-present)
  • Board Member and Secretary, Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation (2008-present)
  • Graduate and Participant Advisor, Leadership Roanoke Valley
  • Worked at Gentry Locke and Skadden before starting Johnson, Rosen & O’Keeffe

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Estate Planning and Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Martindale AV Rated
  • Avvo 10/10 rating
  • Virginia Legal Elite 2016
  • Virginia Super Lawyers 2016
  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2008 - 2015
  • Benchmark Appellate Local Litigation Star 2013

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