JD Keister has practiced civil and complex litigation at MGC for nearly two decades. He routinely engages in the representation of parties in construction, professional liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, real estate litigation, catastrophic loss, transportation/automobile litigation, commercial litigation and first party defense for insurance carriers. His expansive construction practice includes the representation of contractors, subcontractors, designers, developers and their insurance companies. His extensive professional liability experience includes the regular representation of architects and engineers, attorneys, real estate brokers and agents, insurance brokers and matters that stem from director and officer liability.

JD serves as MGC’s Practice Area Leader for Litigation, guiding our talented group of lawyers and legal professionals as they strive to serve our clients in the best possible manner. He is also known in the insurance industry for his involvement with different litigation management professional associations, including CLM. In 2020, JD was named dean to the CLM’s School of Litigation Management, as well as treasurer of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. He has served on a number of industry panels and internal carrier roundtables, assisting in the design and implementation of systems and processes. He regularly presents both to clients and within the industry on hot topics related to litigation management and issues that impact his clients.

JD is married with three children and spends his time traveling with his family, cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes, running, golfing and watching sports.

Practice Areas

  • Adulterated Food
  • Alcohol Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Governmental Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • SIU/Arson and Fraud
  • Slander/Defamation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking


  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law (JD)
  • Bowling Green State University (BA)

Professional Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association (Former CLE Chair for Construction Section)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Treasurer; Board of Directors; Chair, CLE Committee; Former Chair, Construction Law Section)
  • Defense Research Institute (Steering Committee of Insurance Roundtable)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (President, Eastern North Carolina Chapter; Dean of School of Litigation Management)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Bar Admissions

  • 2002 North Carolina
  • US District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • US Court of Appeals 4th Circuit