About Keker & Van Nest LLP

Headquartered in San Francisco, Keker & Van Nest is perhaps best known for handling major intellectual property disputes for some of the country's leading names in technology. The firm also has a reputation for unleashing experienced trial attorneys skilled in everything from white collar criminal defense to commercial litigation.

Courtroom Smarts

Founded in 1978, Keker & Van Nest is a sixty-plus attorney firm with a California base and an international reach. According to its site, Keker & Van Nest attorneys pride themselves on handling "make or break" cases with finesse--even when those cases end up in the courtroom--because their legal team has a strategic courtroom mindset in addition to "book smarts."

The firm specializes in intellectual property, professional liability (particularly law and accounting firms), class action suits, general contract and commercial litigation, antitrust law, white collar crime and appellate cases. American Lawyer has singled out Keker & Van Nest for its high-stakes litigation work, and Benchmark Litigation recognized Keker as a leading appellate firm in its circuit. U.S. News rates the firm's white collar criminal defense and intellectual property litigation practices as national tier one. The firm's clients range from individuals to worldwide corporate kings like Genentech Inc., Comcast Cable Communications, HTC, Intel Corp., Medtronic Inc and the McKesson Corporation 

Protecting Patents, Athletes and Attorneys

Sample Keker & Van Nest cases have included representing the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company--the premier international semiconductor foundry--against a Chinese company TSMC claimed had stolen its technology. Eighteen million pages of documents and 266 days of deposition later, the Chinese companied settled for more than $300 million. In another case, Keker & Van Nest attorneys persuaded an appellate judge that the U.S. government had violated Major League Baseball players' Fourth Amendment rights when authorities seized urine samples and drug testing records in a steroid investigation. As lead counsel for HTC, the firm took on Apple, the goliath of all tech goliaths, in a patent infringement case after Apple accused their client of violating ten Apple patents.

In the professional liability arena, the firm has made a name taking on high-profile defendants in its own field, like Mississippi attorney Dickie Scruggs who had made a fortune in asbestos and tobacco litigation. Scruggs hired firm founder John Keker when he faced criminal charges for allegedly false insurance claims after Hurricane Katrina. The firm has also worked with Bill Lerach--the attorney who recovered billions for shareholders after Enron's collapse--when his law firm came under criminal investigation.  

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Keker & Van Nest LLP

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 391-5400


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Steven Taylor

  • Employment Contact
    Holly Saydah
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (415) 391-5400
    Fax: (415) 397-7188
    Email: hsaydah@kvn.com

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Consumer & Class Actions
    Contract & Commercial
    Intellectual Property
    Professional Liability
    White Collar Criminal

Major Office Locations

  • San Francisco, CA

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