Firm Profile

Attorney James G. Keys, Jr. established his law practice in 1976, and is celebrating 37 years of service to clients in southwest Ohio.  He spent the early years of his practice handling hundreds of criminal defense matters, including first-degree felonies and murder trials.  He also began his civil practice early on, by engaging in civil tort litigation and many jury trials.  

Mr. Keys served on the bench for over four years as a magistrate/referee in the Domestic Relations Court of Hamilton County, Ohio, where he gained valuable courtroom experience adjudicating hundreds of divorce, custody, visitation and complex property cases in what is generally regarded as the busiest court in the entire tri-state region.    As a result, Attorney Keys has extensive experience representing clients with significant assets and complex financial issues.

Twice during the 1990’s, he demonstrated his willingness to serve in elected public office by mounting judicial campaigns in Hamilton County.  The incumbent judges re-elected in those campaigns remained esteemed colleagues and friends of his throughout their judicial careers. 

In the early 90’s, he co-founded Harmon, Davis & Keys Co., L.P.A., which grew to become Cincinnati’s largest minority-owned law firm by the time he left to pursue judicial office.  

He then elevated his litigation skills to another level when he affiliated with the Cincinnati Office of Thompson Hine & Flory (now Thompson Hine), a Cleveland-based corporate transaction and litigation firm of over 350 attorneys.  There he refined and strengthened his litigation skills working with the firm’s highly acclaimed team of litigation attorneys, representing major corporate clients such as Philips (halogen bulb), Omnicare, Cincinnati Milacron, Bigg’s, TransAmerica Corporation, and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. 

In 1998, Mr. Keys opened his present law office in West Chester, Ohio. His practice is focused on serving both new and existing business clients, as well as providing estate planning services for the business executive and his/her family.  He has earned the respect and appreciation of his clients for his professionalism and personal attention to their legal needs, as well as his proven track record of delivering successful results.

By utilizing the same research tools and resources, now afforded by worldwide web access, as those used by the country’s largest firms, his clients’ needs for legal representation are expertly fulfilled, without passing on the added costs associated with the much higher overhead expenses carried by the larger firms.

With his background and experience, Attorney Keys is highly regarded and well respected throughout the legal community as an intelligent, honest, thoroughly diligent legal counselor.  The Law Office of J. G. Keys, Jr., LLC. has elevated the practice of law to the next level in meeting the client’s need for value based legal counsel in the 21st century.