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November 16, 2017

Michael R. Kehs, Esq. Named 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year

Trial Lawyer of the Year


Norristown, PA - On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 the MBA Trial Lawyers Section hosted a reception honoring Montgomery County Court Administrator Michael R. Kehs, Esq., who they selected as 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year.

After working as a law clerk, an Assistant District Attorney, and in private practice, Mr. Kehs was appointed by the Montgomery County Board of Judges as Deputy Court Administrator in 1991.  He was then appointed to the position of District Court Administrator in 1999.  During his tenure with the Courts, Mr. Kehs has instituted countless projects for the betterment of the Court, attorneys, and the public.  He assisted the Court with every operational aspect of the of the highest profile Criminal Trials in the nation: Commonwealth v. William Henry Cosby, Jr.  Most recently, Mr. Kehs was elected to serve as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management – a professional association that provides a forum for education, training, and fellowship of its members to improve court operations and the profession of court management.

Each year, the Trial Lawyers Section presents the James P. Fox Award to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional skill as a civil litigation and trial lawyers. Criteria for this award, established by the Fox family to "recognize lawyers who toil in the trenches with dignity and respect," include a dedication to promoting a positive image for attorneys through a professional demeanor, service and integrity. Mr. Kehs has epitomized these ideals with his professionalism, skill, and service to the Trial Bar over the course of his 30 year career.

Photos from the event can be seen in the slideshow below, or by clicking here.

2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year Reception


About the Montgomery Bar Association
Established in 1885 to professionalize the county’s practice of law, the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) is one of our nation’s oldest and most respected bar associations, representing over 2,100 legal professionals in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Now, as then, the MBA exists to uphold legal and ethical standards in our legal community.  As the third largest Bar in Pennsylvania, the MBA has a longstanding tradition of service to its membership and the community.  For members, the MBA offers an important arena for networking, professional development and education.  For the community, the MBA serves as a trusted legal resource, offering education, legal assistance and funds, and resources for individuals and agencies in need.  The Association is actively engaged in public service through community outreach, free educational events offered throughout the year, programs like the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, the Mock Trial Competitions for high-school students, and more.  For more information on the Montgomery Bar Association, visit