Donald L. O’Keefe has 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer. In all, he has tried more than 100 cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois and arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and United States Arbitration and Mediation. Don has argued before appellate courts in both Missouri and Illinois and has been before the Missouri Supreme Court on multiple cases.
Don was admitted to the Bar in Missouri in 1991 and the Bar in Illinois in 1992. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He regularly argues before the Appellate Courts in both Missouri and Illinois. He is AV rated with Martindale Hubbell and received his law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Don is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), a member of Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), The Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, and American Bar Association.
Don also worked as the city attorney/city prosecutor for a local municipality from 1997 – 1999. He participated in the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado in 1994.
Don was recognized in the Missouri Lawyers Weekly as having the top defense verdict for 2007 for a catastrophic trucking case.
Publications and Seminars
“Admissibility of Biomechanical Expert Testimony in Low-Speed Collisions”, May 24, 2016 (Rogers, AR)
“Social Media and Electronic Devices in the Courtroom-A Clash of Old and New”, Missouri Judges Advanced Trial Skills Program, Lake Ozark, Missouri, March 7, 2013.
“Employment Impact on Claims and Coverage,” June 6, 2012 Springdale, Arkansas
“Accident Evidence Evaluation in Trucking,” May 18, 2012 New Orleans, Louisiana
“Truck Accident Litigation from Start to Finish,” December 8, 2010 (St. Louis, Missouri)
Nashville Transportation Seminar, The Harmonie Group, August 4, 2010 (Nashville, Tennessee)
“Handling the Catastrophic Injury Case,” May 12, 2010 (St. Louis, Missouri)
Dallas Transportation Seminar, The Harmonie Group, August 4, 2009 (Dallas, Texas)
Defending the Catastrophic Brain Injury Case, A Mock Trial, July 30, 2009 (St. Louis, Missouri)
Chicago Transportation Seminar, The Harmonie Group, July 16,2008 (Chicago, Illinois)
PS Partner: Don O'Keefe
We Represented: Winco
Type of Case: Product Liability Arbitration Claim
This arbitration claim involved a construction project at Auburn University, known as the South Donahue Residence Hall Project (“Proje [...]
PS Partner: Don O'Keefe
We represented: Safeco Insurance Company (for Michael Halley)
Venue: Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri
Jamie Hathaway and his wife, who was a passenger, sued Michael Halley over a February 8, 201 [...]
PS Partner: Donald O'Keefe
We represented: Winco Window Inc.
Mediator: Timothy R. Thornton, U.S. Arbitration and Mediation
APG International hired Winco to supply 1600 pre-fabricated windows for a New Brunswick redevelopment effort known as [...]
PS Partner: Don O’Keefe
We represented: Bi-State Development Agency, d/b/a Metro
Venue: St. Louis City Circuit Court
Plaintiff’s lawsuit arose from a slip-and-fall sustained by plaintiff Sharon Therrian when she attempted to boar [...]
ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS
Member, Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
Member, Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
Member, Defense Research Institute
Board Member, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Member, The Missouri Bar
Member, The Illinois Bar
Insurance Trial Academy, International Association of Defense Counsel, Boulder, Colorado
University of Missouri, Columbia
St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
B.A., English - Communication Arts, Summa Cum Laude
United States District Courts
Western District of Missouri
Eastern District of Missouri
Southern District of Illinois
Central District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
AWARDS & HONORS
Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List: Top Rated Transportation/Maritime Attorney, St. Louis, MO - 2015, 2016
KC Magazine Top Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas - 2015
Oral Arguments - Missouri Supreme Court / Missouri Court of Appeals / Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Negotiation Tournament Finalist, University of Missouri - Columbia
Moot Court Finalist, University of Missouri - Columbia
Oral Arguments Finalist, University of Missouri - Columbia
Chairman of the Honor Code Committee, University of Missouri - Columbia