JD Keister has practiced civil litigation and complex litigation for nearly two decades. He routinely engages in the representation of parties in construction, professional liability, coverage and bad faith, real estate litigation, catastrophic loss, transportation and automobile litigation and commercial litigation, as well as first party defense for insurance carriers. JD’s construction practice includes the representation of contractors, subcontractors, designers, developers and their insurance companies. His 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 regularly presents seminars to his clients on hot topics related to the industry including litigation management. He has had the pleasure of being an instructor at CLM’s Litigation Management Institute.  He has also served on a number of industry panels and internal carrier roundtables to assist in designing and implementing systems and processes.  JD also currently serves on the Steering Committee of DRI’s Insurance Roundtable, a group dedicated to industry related issues and the relationships between Carriers and Panel Counsel.

JD is married with three children and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, running, golfing and watching sports.

Practice Areas

  • Adulterated Food
  • Alcohol Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Coverage
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Governmental Liability
  • 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)
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Board of Directors; Chair, CLE Committee; Former Chair, Construction Law Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • CLM Eastern North Carolina Chapter (President)
  • PLUS
  • CLM Litigation Management Institute Instructor

Bar Admissions

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