James G. Keenan

Biographical Data
James G. Keenan

James G. Keenan, Esquire is a partner at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLP, where his practice area focuses exclusively in matrimonial law matters including divorce, custody, support, pre-nuptial and postnuptial agreements, property distribution, involuntary termination of parental rights and adoptions. Attorney Keenan has co-presented seminars for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the National Business Institute. He authored materials for the seminar manuals on a variety of subjects including: General Practitioners Updates, Tax Consequences of Divorce, “Lessons From Tinsel Town”, Obtaining Good Divorce Settlements, Advanced Family Law, Divorce from Start to Finish, Child Custody from A-Z – The Best Interest of the Child, and Family Law A to Z. He also authored an article for The Child Advocate entitled “Who Will Protect Your Rights” in Pennsylvania.

In addition to the presentation of seminars and drafting of seminar materials, Attorney Keenan has served in a variety of capacities on various committees associated with the legal profession and the community as listed below under Member. Attorney Keenan has contributed to the community by volunteering time to serve on The Manheim Central School District Curriculum Committee, Vice President of Performance Arts for Children Literacy Project, the Economics Club of York, the York County Chamber of Commerce, and Lancaster Recreation Commission. He has been a volunteer speaker with the York County “Fathers Workshop” and he provides free seminars to members of the community concerning divorce, custody, support, property distribution issues, and grandparent custody rights. In 2009, Attorney Keenan was awarded the Special Pro Bono Recognition Award by Mid-Penn Legal Service for outstanding community service. Attorney Keenan’s community service also extended to coaching soccer teams which resulted in a national championship title and a state championship title. While in college, Attorney Keenan was a member of the collegiate soccer and baseball teams, Vice President to the Student Government, and was a founding member of the Maryland Sigma Chapter for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

While at Howard University, School of Social Work, Attorney Keenan was named to the National Deans List of Graduate Students and was the recipient of a Child Welfare Scholarship. After working several years in the inner city of Washington, D.C. providing counseling to juvenile recidivists and their families, Attorney Keenan worked for approximately six and a half years at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center (CHNMC) in Washington, D.C. as a social worker in the emergency room and shock trauma unit. During his tenure at CHNMC, Attorney Keenan began his work at Howard University School of Law. After graduation from Howard University, Attorney Keenan practiced law in the Commonwealth of Virginia before moving to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1990. After approximately eight (8) years of general civil litigation, Attorney Keenan focused exclusively on family law since joining Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLP in 1996.

Significant Appellate Case
Attorney Keenan won the appeal in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court case of In Re Estate of Paul J. Sauers, III. Deceased (32 A.3d 1241 (Pa. 2011), No. 78 MDA 2009 (PA 2011)). The case presented an issue of first impression in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding preemption of the commonwealth’s Probate, Fiduciary, and Estates Code by E.R.I.S.A.

Education

Howard University School of Law (Juris Doctoris, 1987)
Howard University School of Social Work (Masters in Social Work, 1980)
Salisbury University , B.A. S.W. 1978.

Admissions

Pennsylvania (1990)
Virginia Bar (1988)

Lecturer 

  • Numerous family law lectures
  • Stress Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Mortality and Morbidity Issues Among Emergency Response Professionals at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington DC
  • Paramedical and EMT seminars in Metropolitan D.C. to S.W.A.T. Teams and U.S. Park Police

Author

  • Article for The Child Advocate entitled “Who Will Protect Your Rights”
  • Various seminar and lecture materials in matrimonial law matters.

Member (past or present)

  • York County Bar Association, Former Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary of the Family Law Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Judicial Evaluation Commission
  • Law Firm Management
  • York County Civil Rules Committee
  • Gender and Race Bias Committee
  • Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Bench and Bar and Arbitration Committee
  • Facilities Committee for York County Judicial Center
  • Task Force to Review Child Custody Matters in York County Court System
  • Former Barrister of the Inns of Court of York County and Lancaster County
  • Vice Chair of Performing Arts for Children Link to Literacy and Marketing Committee
  • Manheim Central School District Curriculum Committee
  • York County Economics Club
  • York Chamber of Commerce (Small Business Support Network)
  • Lancaster Recreation Commission
  • Manheim Central High School Men’s & Women’s Volleyball Booster Clubs and Men’s Soccer Booster Club, Former President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for Manheim Soccer Club.

Honors

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best – Client Satisfaction (2015 & 2016)

Practice Areas