Elizabeth K. Keeley2022-09-11T13:55:01+00:00

Elizabeth K. Keeley

Partner

Admission Details:
2007, Massachusetts; 2022, U.S District Court, District of Massachusetts

Education:
Assumption College, B.A., 2002; Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 2007

Professional Affiliations:
Women’s Bar Association, Boston Bar Association

Birth Information:
Rochester, New York

Areas of Practice

Elizabeth (Beth) K. Keeley has been an attorney since 2007 and has significant trial experience in courts across the Commonwealth.  She has focused much of her career on litigating victim-based crimes and working with survivors of trauma and exploitation.

Ms. Keeley’s current practice is wide-ranging. She is focused on criminal defense, education and workplace investigations, high school, college and post-graduate Title IX investigations, as well as representation of trafficking survivors and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in connection with criminal investigations. She also has experience in white collar criminal defense, government enforcement, employment matters, professional discipline as well as civil and criminal trial work.

Ms. Keeley served as Chief of the Human Trafficking Division at the Office of the Attorney General (AGO) for Massachusetts from 2016 through 2022. In that role she investigated and prosecuted numerous complex, multi-county, multiple-victim sex trafficking cases to successful resolution, brought forward groundbreaking labor trafficking, conspiracy, and criminal wage and hour cases, and managed multidisciplinary investigative teams of lawyers, advocates and federal, state and local law enforcement.

In her role as Chief at the AGO, Ms. Keeley worked with business leaders across Greater Boston to raise awareness about the harms of sex trafficking and corporate risk of liability in the workplace. Ms. Keeley has partnered with elected and appointed officials including leadership at the Attorney General’s Office, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Municipal Police Training Committee, the Department of Children and Families, Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police as well as non-governmental stakeholders, to bring focus and resources to the needs of trafficking survivors.

Ms. Keeley began her legal career as a Suffolk County prosecutor in some of the busiest courts in the state, the Roxbury and West Roxbury Divisions of the Boston Municipal Court.   In that role, Ms. Keeley tried hundreds of cases ranging from thefts, assault and battery to domestic violence and firearms cases.  Thereafter, Ms. Keeley advanced to the Family Protection Bureau of the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on child protection cases and the increase of technology-facilitated exploitation.  Soon after, Ms. Keeley was promoted to be the Suffolk County District Attorney’s inaugural Chief of Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit and developed that unit for several years until she moved to the AGO to lead the state-wide Human Trafficking Division there for over five years.

Throughout Ms. Keeley’s legal career, she has emphasized innovative solutions and thoughtful resolutions.  She now helps clients avoid and solve problems, navigate government agencies, try challenging cases, and investigate complex and sensitive matters.

Professional Experience

  • 2022-present – Partner, Butters Brazilian LLP
  • 2016-2022 – Assistant Attorney General & Human Trafficking Division Chief
  • 2007-2016 – Assistant District Attorney & Human Trafficking Unit Chief, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

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