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John Keefe: In Memoriam



We are deeply saddened to share the news of the unexpected passing of our dear friend, colleague and former partner John Keefe on May 23, 2021.

For over 30 years, John was a partner at Goodmans acting as counsel at all levels of court and in numerous domestic and international arbitrations.  

Messy problems were his specialty.  John helped his clients reach practical solutions through his strategic advice and guidance as well as his uncanny ability to see the big picture.

Most recently, John started his own practice at Arbitration Place, where his decades of experience and expertise helped clients solve complex disputes through arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

Throughout his illustrious career, he was recognized as a leading practitioner in corporate commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration in Canada.

Goodmans would not be what we are today without John’s mentorship, wisdom and unparalleled sense of humour.

From his legendary cottage summer student gatherings, to his champagne & butter tart parties at the firm, there was no one quite like “Keefe”.

He has left an indelible mark on the legal community and on all of us.

Our hearts are with John’s family, who always mattered the most to him.

We will miss John always.

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