Hazelwood's City Attorney Named
'Lawyer of the Year 2012'
Hazelwood's city attorney Kevin M. O'Keefe has been named by the Best Lawyers in America publication as "Lawyer of the Year 2012" in the specialty of Municipal Government Law for the entire St. Louis area. He has served as Hazelwood's city attorney since 1994.
Best Lawyers in America, which is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, selects "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile specialties in large metropolitan areas where there is a high concentration of attorneys. Only one attorney in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
The Best Lawyers in America publication compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Its current 18th edition for 2012 is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their counterparts.
O'Keefe received his "Lawyer of the Year 2012" designation in the legal specialty of Municipal Government Law because of the extraordinarily high ratings his peers gave him in their surveys. He has earned a high level of respect among his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
"We are very proud to have Kevin O'Keefe as our city attorney for the City of Hazelwood," said Mayor Matthew Robinson. "Our residents are fortunate to have such a high-caliber lawyer representing their interests in helping the City Council draft legislation and regulations, review administrative matters, and handle all types of local government litigation situations."
O'Keefe is a senior partner of the Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O'Keefe, P.C., law firm based in Clayton, Mo. His practice focuses on legal matters regarding municipal law, urban development and redevelopment, tax increment financing and other economic development tools, as well as trials and appeals. He has appeared in and argued trial and appellate cases in state and federal courts in Missouri, and the U.S. Supreme Court (Quinn vs. Millsap, 1989).
In addition, he has earned an outstanding reputation as a seminar lecturer for several universities and colleges, Missouri Municipal League, St. Louis County Municipal League, Missouri Bar Association, and several other legal organizations.
According to Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers in America, "We continue to believe -- as we have believed for more than 25 years -- that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Kevin M. O'Keefe on being selected as the 'St. Louis Best Lawyers Municipal Government Law Lawyer of the Year' for 2012."