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James G. Keys, Jr.  

Attorney at Law

Location:         West Chester, Oho

Phone:             513-349-1678

Fax:                 513-759-9899

Email:              JKeys@KeysLaw.com

James G. Keys, Jr. was born in Harrisburg, PA., graduated in 1971, cum laude,  from The Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Business & Marketing.  Jim then worked for the Ford Marketing Corporation as a dealer representative for 3 years before deciding to attend the law school at the University of Cincinnati.

Jim has enjoyed a wide variety of legal experiences that range from the big firm atmosphere, to serving on the bench as a magistrate/referee in the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations, to being a solo practitioner. In 1998 Jim opened his present Law Office of J.G. Keys, Jr. in West Chester. His practice is focused on providing probate avoidance estate planning services to his clients and their families, as well as serving the legal needs of his business clients.

When Jim is not hard at work practicing law, he has enjoyed serving his community in a variety of roles, including serving on the Boards of Director of Atrium Medical Center, AMC Foundation, The Community Foundation of West Chester,  The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, The Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and The Wetherington Golf & Country Club.

In addition, he has also served the legal profession as a member of the University of Cincinnati Board of Visitors, a board member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and a member of the Counsel of Delegates of the Ohio State Bar Association.

With his background and experience, Jim has earned the esteem and respect of his colleagues, clients and associates throughout the entire Southwest Ohio Region, with over 40 client testimonial recommendations listed on his LinkedIn profile.

Jim has been married for 43 years to Paulette, a retired special education teacher and central administrator with Cincinnati Public Schools.  They have 2 sons, James III, a patent attorney who lives in Miramar, Florida with his wife, Deanna, & their newly born daughter (and the first grandchild of Jim & Paulette), and a son, Joseph, who works in the Information Technology & B.I.S. Group with PepsiCo in Plano, TX.

Community Service:


  • Board of Directors – Butler County Visitors Bureau


  • Board of Directors, Atrium Medical Center Foundation   
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Atrium Medical Center
  • Board of Directors, Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty (2004-2010);
  • Board of Directors, Fitton Center For Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio (2004-2010);
  • V.P. & Legal Counsel, Wetherington Golf & Country Club (2000 – 2009), West Chester, Ohio;
  • Board of Visitors, Univ of Cint. College of Law (1998 – 2009);
  • Board of Trustees, Cincinnati Bar Association;  Chair, Membership Services Committee, 1998 – 2002;  During which period the CBA:  1) expanded membership services four fold;  and 2) purchased a downtown building which serves as the current CBA Office Center;
  • Ohio State Bar Association – Member, Council of Delegates, 2001-2003;
  • President, Cincinnati Recreation Commission Foundation, 1998-2005;
  • President, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, 1981 – 1993, during which period CRC:

-Developed the Sawyer Point Riverfront Recreation Facilities at Bicentennial Commons & Riverwalk;

-Built/remodeled recreation centers, including Dunham, LeBlond, OTR, Bond Hill, Camp Washington, Pleasant Ridge, Ebersole, Saylor Park, etc.

-Expanded Glenview Golf Course to 27 holes;

-Hosted the National Amateur Publinks Championship at Glenview;

-Developed the new Rowing Fitness Center on Eastern Avenue;

-Expanded Dunham Recreation Complex & Airport Rec Center at Lunken;

-Hosted the Metropolitan Tennis Championships;

-Co-produced the “Riverfest” end-of-summer fireworks celebration in conjunction with private sponsors;

-Co-produced Taste of Cincinnati;

-Co-produced the “Tall Stacks” riverboat celebrations;

  • Co-founder and Chair, Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program   1998-2005;  Featured in American Bar Association’s National Resource Guide of “Best Practice” Programs to Advance Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession, July 2000;
  • Moderator/Host; WLWT Weekly Community Services Television Program, NAACP Presents (1976-1982);
  • 2003-2004 Lecturer Series: “Structuring Your Business For Success – Protecting Your Personal and Business Assets – Limiting Your Liability”;
  • Ohio Statewide Minority Business Development Center (MED WEEK 2003);
  • “Women Mean Business”, Greater Cincinnati Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2003 Annual Conference;
  • Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, BDI 2004 seminars; 2004;
  • Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, BDI 2004 seminars;


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