Exceptional service is no accident. It is the result of combining vast experience in the field of real estate, organized and streamlined file handling, multiple platformed communication (whether you prefer in person meetings, the phone, email, text, even Facebook messaging!), partnering with a team of esteemed industry professionals, and comfortable and dignified Class A rated office space to conduct one of the most important transactions of your life.
But most of all, it takes heart. The people on our Team are caring professionals and will guide you through every step of the process.
the O’Keeffe & McCann team.
ATTORNEY / FOUNDING PARTNER
William T. O’Keeffe is a Founding Partner of the Firm. Raised in Cornwall, New York, William graduated with high honors from Fordham University College of Business in 1990, where he was also commissioned an officer in the United States Army, graduating first in his class. William was appointed to the Military Intelligence Corps, and after his graduation from Fordham University School of Law in 1993, he was appointed to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served in the Reserves at both the Staff Judge Advocate’s office of the 77th Army Reserve Command at Fort Totten, Queens, and at the 4th Judge Advocate General’s Detachment in the Bronx.
William is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, as well as the Federal United States District Courts of the Southern and Northern Districts of New York.
After graduating law school, William accepted a position as a legal associate practicing trial law at Frederick J. Murphy & Associates, and in just a few years, was elevated to named partner when the firm was changed to Murphy & O’Keeffe.
In 2001, William founded the law firm of O’Keeffe & McCann LLP with then law associate, Michael McCann, and focused on general legal practice with a concentration in Real Estate transactions. Since then, the firm has grown into one of the busiest real estate law firms in Orange County, with attorneys and staff unmatched in the industry.
In addition to practicing law, William is a Fine Art Photographer, recently favoring aging architectural and street photography subjects, showing his work in several galleries throughout the Hudson Valley. William enjoys hiking, kayaking and playing acoustic guitar (badly). William has served as Scout Master of a local Troop of the Boy Scouts of America.
William OKeeffe is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Orange County Arts Council, Goshen Art League, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Association of the United States Army, Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow.
ATTORNEY / FOUNDING PARTNER
Michael P. McCann is a Partner at the firm of O’Keeffe & McCann, LLP. He attended law school at Pace University School of Law, graduating Cum Laude in 1997, with a Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Environmental Law. His undergraduate degree was from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, with dual degrees in Psychology and Sociology. He began his college career locally at Orange County Community College.
Michael served in the United States Army as an M-1 Abrams Armor crewman at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Hood, Texas, from 1985 – 1987. He graduated from the armor school at Fort Knox, Kentucky with early promotions through the Excellence in Armor program. After serving in the military, Michael worked in various positions while attending school as a full time student for both his undergraduate and law degrees. He previously worked in a lead acid battery factory doing production work, for the Orange County Department of Social Services as a Medicaid Examiner, and for the United State Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a correctional officer and a case manager prior to becoming an attorney. After becoming an attorney, Michael worked with his partner, William T. O’Keeffe, at the law firm of Murphy and O’Keeffe doing primarily insurance defense and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.
Michael formed the firm of O’Keeffe and McCann, LLP with William T. O’Keeffe in 2001. His present practice primarily consists of real estate transactional work representing Purchasers, Seller’s and Lenders in residential and commercial real estate transactions. He also does landlord/tenant matters, Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions, loan modifications and short sale assistance to distressed homeowners, simple wills and estates, and other general practice matters as required. Michael frequently offers seminars to the real estate profession to train new and experienced agents on current legal issues, as well as to first time home buyers on what to expect from the home buying experience.
In his off time, Michael enjoys many outdoor and indoor activities, including cooking, renovation projects, reading on the beach, golfing and fishing off the dock out back.
Kerry A. Quinn
Office Manager/Legal Assistant
Kerry is an Orange County native, raised in Warwick, NY and currently residing in Monroe with her husband and 2 children. She studied Finance at Manhattan College, where she proceeded to work in her field for over 20 years managing various client service teams for premier investment banking clients. In her free time, Kerry enjoys listening to music, watching football, spending time with family and friends, and loves nothing more than spectating at whatever her children are playing or acting in.
Paralegal (primarily seller files)
In her position at O’Keeffe & McCann, Dawn handles residential real estate files guiding clients through the process of buying/selling and financing their home in NYS. She is responsible for all aspects of the transaction from client intake and to preparing the client for closing.
Prior to joining the staff at O’Keeffe & McCann, Dawn held the position of Manager of the Real Estate Division of a high volume law firm where she not only managed a staff of between 9-15 staff members, she continued to clear and close transactions and was responsible for the legal side of all aspects of the closing & compliance process for one of the Hudson Valley’s busiest lenders.
In her almost 20 years of experience in the field, Dawn has built up her work portfolio to include short sale / modification negotiation; NYS Foreclosure process; Land Use (Agricultural/Forestry exemption applications, drafting & review of Conservation Easements), procedural Tax Law (preparation of RP-524; Article 7 tax grievance proceeding).
Dawn earned her American Bar Association Paralegal Certification in 2000 by attending the accelerated program at Marist College. She is a graduate of Orange County Community College and Valley Central High School.
Dawn currently serves on the Marist College Paralegal Advisory Board as a Paralegal Liaison and is a member of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women.
In addition to being the proud mom of two young children, Nora & Matthew, Dawn also enjoys karaoke, Broadway shows and attending concerts with her friends and family.
Paralegal (primarily buyer and lender files)
Christine, a single mom to her son Anthony, is the latest addition to our Team. Having started her career in the legal industry nearly 20 years ago, Christine brings vast experience to our paraprofessional staff, and is heading up our Mortgage Lending practice, managing files from beginning through closing, navigating all aspects of lending and navigating the new TRID Regulations. Christine is also well versed in residential and commercial leases, Landlord-Tenant issues, Land Use, Commercial Litigation, Wills, Estates, Quiet Title Actions, Collections, and several other areas of the legal industry.
Christine studied Business Management at SUNY Orange ,and has been a life long resident of the Hudson Valley. She enjoys concerts, traveling, having fun, and most of all, being with her son.
Christine’s willingness to grow and continue learning through seminars, school and special events make her an incredible asset to the Firm.