After prosecuting cases for over twenty years, Michael O'Keefe brings the professionalism and experience needed as District Attorney of the Cape and Islands District. The son of an Irish immigrant, Michael O'Keefe grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College. While attending the New England School of Law at night, Mr. O'Keefe worked as a Dennis police officer--an experience he believes has assisted him as a prosecutor.
Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. O'Keefe was hired by a local law firm where he gained criminal, civil and probate experience. In early 1982, Mr. O'Keefe was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands District by District Attorney Philip A. Rollins.
Although he began his career in the District Attorney's office in the six-man jury prosecuting all types of criminal cases, Mr. O'Keefe has tried to conclusion over 250 jury trials. While successfully prosecuting 19 homicide trials, he has also represented the Commonwealth before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court as well as authoring briefs in conjunction with that representation. Such professionalism and experience have earned Michael O'Keefe numerous awards in the legal field. In 1994, he was named Prosecutor of the Year for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in 2002, he was named a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and, only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Additionally, membership in the college cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state. There are only approximately 5,200 members in the United States and Canada.
Aside from Mr. O'Keefe's professional history in the District Attorney's office, he has also been heavily involved in the community. He has been honored by Independence House for his fight against domestic violence and is a Founding Partner of Employers Against Domestic Violence. Mr. O'Keefe also is a member of the Federal-State Anti-Terrorism Task Force, an Executive Board Member of the Workforce Investment Board's Youth Council and a member of the Attorney General's Racial Profiling Task Force. In addition, Mr. O'Keefe was awarded a Medal of Merit for Bravery while with the Dennis Police Department.