Elizabeth K. Keeley2022-04-12T15:41:38+00:00

Elizabeth K. Keeley

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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 practice is focused on internal, education and workplace investigations, high school, college and post-graduate Title IX investigations, representation of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in connection with criminal investigations, 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 several multi-county, multiple-victim sex trafficking cases to successful resolution, brought forward groundbreaking labor trafficking, conspiracy and criminal wage and hour cases and oversaw investigative teams of lawyers, advocates and federal, state and local law enforcement.

Ms. Keeley has worked with business leaders across Greater Boston to raise awareness about the harms of sex trafficking and corporate risk of liability in the workplace. In 2020 Ms. Keeley brought together a broad coalition of stakeholders for a first of its kind AGO-hosted Human Trafficking Summit; this two-day event was widely recognized for its effectiveness in building strong connections across jurisdictions and disciplines.

Ms. Keeley has partnered with elected and appointed officials including leadership at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Municipal Police Training Committee, and the Department of Children and Families, as well as non-governmental stakeholders, to bring focus and resources to the needs of trafficking survivors. Over the last several years Ms. Keeley has been leading a statewide, federally financed task force focused on collaboration and formalizing best practices for a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to investigating trafficking.

Ms. Keeley began her legal career as a prosecutor in Suffolk County, working in the Roxbury and West Roxbury Divisions of the Boston Municipal Court. After several years working in some of the busiest Municipal courts in the state, Ms. Keeley advanced to the Family Protection Bureau of the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on child protection and domestic violence cases. Soon after, Ms. Keeley was promoted to be the Suffolk County District Attorney’s inaugural Chief of Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit and led that unit for several years until she moved to the AGO to lead the state-wide Human Trafficking Division there.

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, and try challenging cases.

Professional Experience

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

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