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A. Bartlett Keil


Bart Keil is a firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of family law, personal injury and litigation.

Representing clients in divorce cases, including complex equitable distribution and support issues, Bart handles matters involving child custody and visitation, as well as child and spousal support, including post-divorce or as separate matters in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Bart’s family law practice includes the negotiation and drafting of separation agreements, pre-marital agreements and marital agreements for his clients. He also represents adoptive parents and step-parents, both domestically and internationally. In addition to his family law practice, he has many years’ experience representing clients in personal injury claims and general litigation matters.

Bart is a guest speaker at numerous family law seminars on topics including:

  • Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues
  • Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues
  • Violence in the Home
  • Obtaining and Interpreting all Financial Documents
  • Valuation of Assets.

Bart served as a Law Clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1977-1978.

Chaplain v. Chaplain, 54 Va. App. 762, 682 S.E. 2d 108 (2009), focusing on the issue of enforceability of pre-marital agreements.

Brown v. Brown, 53 Va. App. 723, 674 S.E. 2d 597 (2009), dealing with the effect of prior consent orders in the modification of spousal support.

  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Division
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Division
  • Chesapeake Bar Association
  • Family Law Organization of Greater Hampton Roads
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2018
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central and Southeastern Virginia

A. Bartlett Keil Shareholder Pender & Coward, P.C. Office: (757) 490-6286 Mobile: Fax: (757) 502-7368