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About Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Headquartered in San Francisco, Keker, Van Nest & Peters 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 & Peters comprises around 100 lawyers and has a California base with an international reach. The firm specializes in intellectual property, professional liability (particularly law and accounting firms), consumer and class action suits, general contract and commercial litigation, antitrust law, white collar crime, and appellate cases. Keker, Van Nest & Peters is well regarded for its litigation and IP prowess, and is among the Top 5 firms in Vault’s Litigation Boutique Law Firm and Intellectual Boutique Law Firm rankings. The firm has also been recognized by The American Lawyer as the Litigation Boutique of the Year and as a finalist for IP Litigation Department of the Year. The firm's clients range from individuals to worldwide corporate giants.

Battling for the Tech Giants

Keker, Van Nest & Peters handles a range of IP matters, including when Oracle Corporation brought forward a $6 billion charge in patent and copyright infringement against Google. Keker, Van Nest & Peters was able to get six of the seven patent infringement claims ruled invalid even before the trial began. Complete victory was achieved when the firm successfully argued that Oracle’s Java API patents were merely starting points, as opposed to wholly finished programs, resulting in Google prevailing in a unanimous victory and zero in damage charges.

Focus on Diversity

Recognized as one of the best firms for minority attorneys by Law360 in 2019, Keker & Van Nest is committed to supporting a diverse workplace. The firm was one of first signatories to the No Glass Ceiling Initiative of the Bar Association of San Francisco. And according to the firm, women make up 29 percent of its partnership, and people of color make up 19 percent of the partnership.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

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

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Steven Taylor
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
100 - 150

Base Salary

The firm declined to disclose attorney salary.

Employment Contact

Holly Saydah
Attorney Recruiting Manager
(415) 773-6649

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

San Francisco, CA

Major Departments

Consumer & Class Actions
Contract & Commercial
Intellectual Property
Pro Bono
Professional Liability
White Collar Criminal
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.