Fort Walton Beach Attorney Larry Keefe is President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Keefe has been in the legal profession for more than 30 years and a partner with the firm of Keefe, Anchors & Gordon since it opened in January, 2009. He’s been named a Florida “Super Lawyer” 10 times and honored as a “Florida Legal Elite” six times.
His expertise lies primarily in civil litigation in the business and commercial realm.
“The good news about a position like this is it’s not a purely political nomination. This nominee has to have the skill set to perform the job, and Larry has that,” said Michelle Anchors, Keefe’s law partner of 20 years.
If affirmed by the U.S. Senate, Keefe would replace Christopher P. Canova, who was appointed in April of 2016 to serve in the job on an interim basis. Pam Marsh, selected for the job by President Barack Obama, served as the last full time U.S. Attorney for the district from 2010 until 2015.
The Northern District of Florida extends from Pensacola east to Tallahassee and south to Gainesville.
At least one conservative news outlet focused attention following the announcement of the nomination on the fact that Keefe has donated to Democratic political candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Anchors said she believes her partner is actually a registered Republican and he has also contributed to several GOP campaigns.
“He has supported candidates for both parties, because he’s an independent thinker,” Anchors said.
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz worked with Keefe for about a decade before being elected to Congress. He said he had spoken on Keefe’s behalf to both Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson as well as “people” within the Trump administration.
“Larry is among the most talented legal minds in North Florida,” Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said. “And if he can run a law firm with a conservative Republican like me and a liberal Democrat like Michelle Anchors, I think he will be a great U.S. Attorney for us all.”