Jo W. Golub
Tel. (415) 773-6691


New York University School of Law, J.D., 2003

Dartmouth College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1998


Hon. James L. Oakes
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2005-2006

Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2003-2005

Bar Admissions


New York

Jo W. Golub

Criminal, Securities, and Fraud Defense

Jo Golub defends individuals and companies from accusations brought by the government, shareholders, competitors, and other companies. Whether in the criminal context, SEC enforcement, or civil litigation between companies or individuals, Ms. Golub is often called upon to assist with difficult, high-stakes disputes involving claims of conspiracy, fraud, or other alleged malfeasance.

Business Litigation

Ms. Golub has represented companies and their executives in various cases involving allegations of breach of contract, unfair competition, employment discrimination, and fraud. She has experience with cases that span multiple industries and subject matters, including internet technology, solar power, electric cars, medical technology, food distribution and packaging, residential mortgages, Medicaid, and others. Whatever the field, Ms. Golub is prepared to provide a vigorous defense for her clients and to reach the best possible result in the case.


Ms. Golub loves being in the courtroom fighting for her clients. On top of her two years of experience clerking for a federal judge at the trial level, she has gone to trial multiple times in both federal and state court.

If trial is the best strategy for the client, Ms. Golub and Keker, Van Nest & Peters are highly qualified and fully prepared to try a case to a jury verdict.

Pro Bono Work

Ms. Golub is committed to providing pro bono legal assistance and has an active pro bono practice. In 2013, she helped her client Ronald Ross return home after having been wrongfully convicted of an attempted murder in 2006. After almost five years of working on Mr. Ross’s case, Ms. Golub and the Keker, Van Nest & Peters team successfully exonerated him and had all charges against him dismissed. She is also part of the Keker, Van Nest & Peters team representing a death row inmate in his federal habeas proceedings. Ms. Golub has helped obtain asylum for a client based on her history of incest and abuse in her former country. In addition, Ms. Golub was the second chair in a section 1983 trial in federal court in which Keker, Van Nest & Peters represented a California state prisoner in his civil rights suit against the correctional officers who denied his grievance claims in prison.

Cases of Note

United States v. Executive: We defended the former owner of a California-based agribusiness company from antitrust, mail fraud and bribery charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. Prosecutors alleged our client violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by participating in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition in the tomato processing industry by raising and fixing prices, and rigging bids for the sale of tomato paste within the U.S. We were able to negotiate a successful plea agreement.

United States v. Executive: We represented an investment fund executive charged with criminal tax fraud related to a tax-shelter transaction that the fund designed and implemented. We resolved the matter by negotiating a plea to reduced charges.

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Clean Energy Company: We represented a clean energy company’s board member in connection with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investigation into alleged insider trading. We prepared our client and accompanied him when he testified before the SEC, and successfully helped him avoid any enforcement action.

Capital Management Firm v. Investment Manager: We represented the former investment manager of a London-based hedge fund in securities fraud litigation. The case, which involved the 2007 bond market crash that resulted in the liquidation of the hedge fund, was settled on confidential terms early in the discovery process.

Shareholders v. Technology Company: We represent a cutting-edge medical technology company in a putative class-action lawsuit claiming that the company’s executives made various false and misleading statements regarding the company’s financial health and the safety of the company’s product. That case is currently at the class-certification stage. We also represent the same company in various real and threatened shareholder derivative lawsuits concerning the same subject matter.

Former Employee v. Internet Search Engine: We defended a leading high-tech company from an age and disability discrimination suit brought by a former executive. We were able to help our client reach a successful settlement.

Mortgage Fraud Cases: We represent a national lender in various state and federal court litigations regarding mortgage fraud-related claims, both as plaintiff and as defendant. We have obtained numerous favorable rulings for the lender regarding cutting-edge, mortgage fraud-related issues, including favorable rulings on the scope of federal lending statutes such as RESPA, TILA, and federal preemption of state causes of action.

Ziptronix v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company: We won summary judgment of non-infringement for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. and its subsidiary TSMC, North America in a long-running patent lawsuit brought by North Carolina semiconductor company, Ziptronix, Inc. Ziptronix had asserted nine patents and more than 500 patent claims directed to TSMC’s manufacturing of semiconductors for use in backside-illumination image sensors used predominantly in smartphone cameras. On behalf of TSMC, we defeated Ziptronix’s claims by arguing that the territorial limits of U.S. patent law prohibited reaching TSMC’s business transactions and manufacturing operations in Taiwan.

Honors and Awards

  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) for Pro Bono, California Lawyer magazine, 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation, Securities Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar, Rising Star 2013-2015, Super Lawyers 

Professional Affiliations and Presentations

  • "Updates on Non-Competes and Employee Issues," in-house client presentation, 2014
  • "Introduction to Timing and Sequencing of Litigation in Federal Court," Continuing Education of the Bar, 2013
  • “Unannounced Visits from Law Enforcement,” 2013
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • ABA White Collar Crime Section and Litigation Section
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Mock Trial Coach
  • American Constitution Society, Bay Area Chapter
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