Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1997
Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
Awards and Honors
- Pro Bono Partner of the Year, Honorable Mention, 2011
- Recipient of Jewish Family Service Pro Bono Award (2011)
- Texas Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
- 2008 Patton Boggs Pro Bono Partner of the Year, Honorable Mention
- Pro Bono Associate of the Year (2004)
- Pro Bono Award - Honorable Mention (2002, 2003)
Jennifer Keefe is a trial lawyer. Nominated by her peers for seven years in a row as one of Texas’ Rising Stars in Texas Monthly magazine, Ms. Keefe has 16 years of jury trial experience on a first and second-chair basis. Ms. Keefe has experience in assisting clients in a wide range of business litigation, including employment cases, financial institution disputes, and traditional oil and gas problems.
Ms. Keefe handles litigation filed in Texas for a major national banking association, which has included defending and prosecuting, through trial and appeal, a wide variety of tort and contract suits, deceptive trade practices act violations and statutory claims. She has successfully obtained a number of trial judgments, injunctions and temporary restraining orders for her financial institution clients.
As an accomplished commercial litigator, Ms. Keefe has also served as lead counsel on behalf of employers in need of employment litigation representation, protecting their rights in a broad range of claims in state and federal court, including discrimination, sexual harassment, employment contract disputes, retaliation claims, wrongful termination, defamation and related tort cases.
Oil and Gas Litigation
In 2010, Ms. Keefe served as president of the Petroleum Engineer's Club of Dallas and is a frequent speaker on ethical considerations in the oil and gas industry for all professionals. Her extensive oil and gas experience includes land and title disputes, working and royalty interest owner disputes, third-party claims, joint operating agreement disputes, products liability litigation, condemnation disputes and traditional tort litigation arising from oil and gas operations.
Pro Bono Commitment
Further enhancing Ms. Keefe’s litigation experience is her commitment to pro bono activities. Since joining Patton Boggs in 1997, Ms. Keefe has accrued more than 100 hours per year of pro bono service to date. She is a member of the Pro Bono Committee in both the firm’s Washington, D.C. and Dallas offices. She has appeared before U.S. Immigration Courts as a pro bono attorney for more than a decade. Presently, Ms. Keefe focuses her pro bono activities as a board member of the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Keefe worked as an intern for the Supreme Court of Texas. Under the direct supervision of Justice John Cornyn, she assisted in the evaluation of writ of error applications. During law school, she served as the research assistant to Professor William V. Dorsaneo, III, where she aided in drafting the Texas Litigation Guides.
- Petras v. Mole, et al. (Feb. 2013), successful jury verdict in conspiracy and fraud dispute.
- Reaux Medical v. Racing Optics, et al. (Apr. 2012), successful jury verdict in trade secret and patent infringement dispute.
- Prengler v. Glacial Energy of Texas (Oct. 2011), successful jury verdict in contract dispute.
- Meisel v. U.S. Bank National Association (Sept. 2011), successful defense of defamation and libel per se case.
- Kan v. U.S. Bank National Association (Aug. 2011), successful defense of fraud, breach of contract, injunctive relief and breach of fiduciary duty case.
- Val-Com Acquisitions Trust et al v. U.S. Bank National Association, Cause No. 4:10-cv-00475-BJ, N. Dist. TX (Nov. 2010), successful defense of wrongful foreclosure case.
- Caprock Investment Corp., v. Montgomery, 321 S.W.3d 91 (Tex. App. – Eastland, 2010); successful prosecution of appeal in a twenty-year battle over contracts.
- Upaid v. Satyam (2009); successful settlement in $1 billion dollar patent related fraud action.
- Swor v. IESI TX Corp. (2008); successful jury verdict in wrongful termination suit.
- LaGrone v. Sendero Energy, Inc., 2007 WL 2332329 (Tex.App. – Texarkana 2007); successful defense of appeal for oil and gas company after successful jury verdict.
- Prestige Ford v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 170 S.W.3d 272, (Tex.App. – Dallas 2005); successful appeal of conversion and contract action on behalf of bank relating to good faith purchaser and buyer in the ordinary course of business status.
- Cotton v. Ryan, 119 Fed. Appx. 643, 2005 WL 27604 (5th Cir. (Tex.) Jan. 6, 2005); successful defense and appeal of Section 1983 action against county employees alleging deliberate indifference to medical needs.
- Grind Factory, L.P. v. Moceanu, 2004 WL 584900 (Tex. App. – Hous. (1 Dist.) March 25, 2004); successful defense and prosecution of claims in breach of contract action in both trial court and court of appeals.
- Anthony Equipment Corp. v. Irwin Steel Erectors, Inc., 115 S.W.3d 191 (Tex. App. – Dallas Aug. 20, 2003); successfully reduced jury verdict against insurance company and upheld ruling on appeal that an implied warranty to perform in a good and workmanlike manner would not be imposed on rental contract.
- Successfully defended arbitration against operator of various oil wells for removal as operator under the joint operating agreement, as well as other causes of action for forfeiture of property interests and fraud (April 2005).
- Successfully obtained directed verdict for national bank association in action against it for deceptive trade practices and unfair collection practices (April 2005).
- Successfully obtained temporary restraining order for landowner after condemnation proceeding, prohibiting a pipeline company from hooking up a line on protected property (April 2007).
- Successfully obtained temporary restraining order for landowner in condemnation proceeding, prohibiting the pipeline company from condemning landowner’s property (Feb. 2005).
- Successfully obtained several temporary restraining orders, injunctions, settlements and judgments for national bank association and other national corporations for various causes of action in the banking and employment fields (2004-2013).
- Petroleum Engineer’s Club of Dallas
- Dallas Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Board Member, Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy