Law Offices of
Bonnie-Ann Keagy

(610) 279-2393
fax: (610) 279-6797

Who I am...

I believe in personalized and local service to my clients, candor to the courts and courtesy to opposing parties.  This is my philosophy about the practice of law and about life in general.  Society has developed a view of lawyers that they are unapproachable, only interested in their own wallets and that they feel they are better than other people.  As with all professions, there are lawyers out there who may fit the stereotype, but those are not the dedicated and hard-working people that I have come to know and respect.  Being a lawyer is more than a job, it is a calling.  Most people I know, myself included, went into the law because they wanted to help individuals and to make the World a better place.  Sometimes, in the heat of an argument, lawyers forget why they became lawyers, but their hearts are in the right place and they are, first and foremost, fighting for their clients' causes.

On a personal note, I am a happily married wife and mother of five children and grandmother to two beautiful boys.  In my spare time, I am an avid reader, knitter, card maker and karate student and am also a frequent volunteer at my youngest child's school, including coaching the swim team at her middle school and trying to make a few swim meets at my son's college. My husband, or better half, is a Chemistry teacher and Science Department chairman of a large local high school. 

Professionally, I practice law in both Montgomery and Bucks Counties in the areas of law that are set out on the "Services" page of this website.  I have accepted court appointments for criminal trials and appeals in Montgomery County since 1998. Since January of 2018, I have served as contracted conflict counsel for PCRAs and appeals for the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. I have been the Chairman or Co-Chairman of the Rules of Criminal Court committee for the Montgomery Bar Association since 2005 and, in that capacity, am responsible for organizing and lecturing for other lawyers at least once a year as a part of the PA Supreme Court's rule regarding Continuing Legal Education for attorneys. Since 2015, I have lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on the subject of criminal appeals and post-conviction relief on a statewide basis.  I am also a member of the Family Law Section, Criminal Defense and Women in Law committees of the Montgomery Bar Association.  I have lived in Whitpain Township (Ambler/Blue Bell) since 1971 and attended the Wissahickon schools until 10th grade when tradition demanded that I attend boarding school. I am a graduate of Miss Porter's School (Farmington, CT), Temple University (B.A., cum laude) and Widener University School of Law, where I was awarded the Order of the Barristers for excellence in appellate advocacy and was a member of Moot Court Honor Society as well as serving as Chief Copy Editor for the Law School newspaper.  Since my graduation from law school, I have worked primarily as a solo practitioner and additionally served as a Montgomery County Assistant Solicitor for two years, working with the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth on a part-time basis. I continue to volunteer for children both as an MCAP attorney and as a "Friend of the Court" on PFA days. Once a month, I participate in the "Law and Liberty" program; teaching civics and the Constitution to middle schoolers in the Norristown School District.  I am a triple certified official with US Swimming (Mid-Atlantic) and teach religious prep in my parish, serve as a lector and am a member of the Religious Education Committee.

I frequently say "lawyers are people too" because, like any other person, I occasionally get bogged down with a lot of work, my children's activities, trying to schedule vacation time around my husband's schedule and mine.  I like to tell clients at the outset that I face the same challenges that they do as a parent.  I am very cautious about notifying all of my clients in advance of any planned vacation time or days when I will be unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.  Likewise, I notify the Court if I am going to be unavailable.  I would rather give my clients as much advance notice as possible if I am going out of town or just away for a weekend.  As a parent, I rarely schedule meetings for weekends or evenings unless that is the only time a client is able to meet.  My personal philosophy is that my youngest child deserves to have her mother available to her on weekends and in the evenings -- even when that availability is for the sole purpose of driving her to and from filed hockey and swim practices.  This is another aspect of my legal practice where technology has become invaluable: I can and do multitask with a smart phone and a tablet computer; using a Cloud program has extended that ability even further. Since August of 2018, I have had two total knee replacement surgeries with barely a break from practicing law.

I am old-fashioned in many ways.  I believe in personalized service.  I still keep my billing records on real paper (in addition to the computer).  I am readily accessible to my clients within the parameters of their fee agreements.  I charge reasonable fees for services and I don't give false expectations to my clients about the outcome of their cases.  I truly believe that the best lawyers talk with their clients, not at them.  My promise to all my clients is laid out in my representation agreements: I will work diligently on your behalf and keep you advised of all information about your case.  In return, I expect my clients to be honest with me and to pay as agreed.  This promise has served me well over many years.  I hope you will give me the opportunity to help you with your legal needs.
Law Offices of Bonnie-Ann Brill Keagy
22 West Airy Street
Norristown, PA  19401
(610) 279-2393