Doing Things Differently

Not Your Typical Lawyer

Chris Keefer

Over his 20+ years as an attorney advising global businesses, Chris has applied Preventive Law strategies in commercial, product, litigation, and insurance settings, resulting in positive outcomes. His unique expertise gives him the ability to address business and legal challenges from a variety of angles, interpret large amounts of data, help clients spot and analyze issues and guide cross-functional teams to implement business-forward strategies that minimize exposure.

Chris is on a mission to change the way businesses leverage legal counsel. He partners with them using a proactive approach to address legal obstacles facing their businesses, educating them along the way. His Preventive Law strategies give businesses an advantage to start uncovering what they don’t know, ultimately leading to the prevention of legal exposure. He writes and presents nationally on Preventive Law and has also developed and taught classes for Top 25 law schools.

Education

B.B.A./Finance, University of Notre Dame
J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law
M.S., Sports Product Management, University of Oregon
Certificate, Mediation Training & Skills, Northwestern University

Admissions

Oregon State Bar #175226
Indiana State Bar #21914-02

Preventive Law

Your Ounce of Prevention

All businesses should have access to top-level Preventive Law services. We understand the importance of being accessible, along with the need to keep fees transparent and predictable for our clients.

Making Connections and Building Relationships

Garetta Keefer

Garetta helps people come together and collaborate. With a background in communication and outreach programs, her focus is on building trust within relationships. She is driven by the opportunity to rebuild trust within the legal industry, helping businesses see that there’s another way to rely upon legal support. Lawyers shouldn’t simply be a reactionary resource but rather a trustworthy partner. She works directly with others to show the value in being proactive, giving them confidence to move forward with their business decisions.

As a woman business leader, she understands the importance of being heard and educating. She is passionate about making new connections and creating positive experiences. She is affiliated with National Association of Women Business Owners, National League of Young Men and Lake Oswego School District, where she’s able to combine her love of collaborating with others along with her call to serve.

Education

B.A./Communication Management, University of Dayton

Affiliations

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Oregon
National League of Young Men

Chris Keefer is one of those rare individuals who loves the details. His broad experience in law and insurance makes him an indispensable expert to have on your professional team. . . . I have worked with Chris over a number of years, have referred him to many business owners and know he is sought out nationally to speak on Preventive Law strategies.

Kathy Long Holland President/Founder, Long Sherpa Design
Kathy Long Holland

I have been in business 40 years with multiple locations across the country. Hiring Keefer Strategy is the single best thing I have done, especially with expansion and new ventures. I would recommend Keefer Strategy as a 5-star practice.

Jim Roberts CEO, Ace Tire & Axle
Jim Roberts

As General Counsel of a recognized global brand, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Keefer Strategy on complex contract, insurance and compliance issues facing our company. Chris has consistently been able to provide “big law” deliverables in a business-forward and cost-effective manner, helping our legal department stay nimble and streamlined. I recommend Chris to any in-house practice, whether as a specialized or supporting resource.

Anthony Dal Ponte General Counsel, Pacific Seafood
Anthony Dal Ponte

Our firm has had the opportunity to collaborate with Keefer Strategy on a variety of clients in various sectors, and have found Chris to be highly creative and practical in his legal counsel.  He takes the time to build relationships with his clients and partner with their advisors in order to recommend the right combination of efficient, effective, and solution-oriented advice surrounding complex contract negotiation and development, and preventive law.

Steve Fein Managing Partner, Moss Adams
Steve Fein

I quickly learned to appreciate Chris’ communication and organization skills. . . . Chris is one of those rare individuals who combine legal insight with practical business know-how.

Kevin Quinley, CPCU, ARM, AIC Principal, Quinley Risk Associates LLC
Kevin Quinley, CPCU, ARM, AIC