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Ajay Krishnan is an experienced litigator who focuses on complex commercial disputes and intellectual property litigation. He has tried nine cases to verdict, including four as first chair. His technology clients include Comcast, Google, Arista Networks, and Western Digital.

In 2017, Mr. Krishnan received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in Intellectual Property for his work on the groundbreaking copyright and patent case, Cisco v. Arista trial. In 2018, Law 360 named him a Rising Star in Intellectual Property—a recognition of attorneys under the age of 40; only six attorneys nationwide received this distinction. 

Mr. Krishnan also has a thriving pro bono practice, and has litigated numerous civil rights cases in state and federal court.

Ajay Krishnan is an experienced litigator who focuses on complex commercial disputes and intellectual property litigation. He has tried nine cases to verdict, including four as first chair. His technology clients include Comcast, Google, Arista Networks, and Western Digital.

In 2017, Mr. Krishnan received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in Intellectual Property for his work on the groundbreaking copyright and patent case, Cisco v. Arista trial. In 2018, Law 360 named him a Rising Star in Intellectual Property—a recognition of attorneys under the age of 40; only six attorneys nationwide received this distinction. 

Mr. Krishnan also has a thriving pro bono practice, and has litigated numerous civil rights cases in state and federal court.

Law360 Names Ajay Krishnan an IP Rising Star

August 20, 2018

Partner Ajay Krishnan has secured numerous victories on behalf of his technology clients over his career, including a win for Arista Networks Inc. in a $335 million copyright and patent infringement suit over networking technology, landing him a spot as one of six intellectual property lawyers honored by Law360 as Rising Stars. Read more

Federal judge rules suit to force California to make all portions of executions public may proceed

August 17, 2018

A federal judge on Friday rejected an attempt by the state of California to dismiss much of a lawsuit that seeks to make public all portions of executions. Read more

Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit on California executions

August 17, 2018

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by news organizations seeking to let media and public witnesses view more of the process of executions in California, which could resume soon. Read more

LA Times, other CA news media sue state to make entire execution process transparent, but critics say it will prevent executions

April 12, 2018

The LA Times and two San Francisco-based non-profit news organizations are suing to keep executions from resuming in CA. The Times, NPR-member station KQED and the San Francisco Progressive Media Center want guaranteed full access to executions before they resume. Read more

Keker and the ACLU of Northern California Call on State to Allow Full Press Access to Executions

April 11, 2018

Keker, Van Nest & Peters and The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed suit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation challenging its execution viewing procedure. Read more

Two Keker, Van Nest & Peters Trial Teams Win CLAY Awards

03/15/2017

Eleven lawyers from two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams representing Google and Arista received California Lawyer of the Year awards from the Daily Journal for intellectual property trial wins. Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Wins Two Top Defense Verdicts of 2016

February 17, 2017

Bob Van Nest led two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams on behalf of clients Google and Arista, respectively, that were recognized as top defense verdicts in California. Read more

Trial Victory for Arista Wins Top Defense Verdict Award for 2016

February 17, 2017

The defense verdict KVP obtained at trial for Arista against Cisco’s copyright and patent claims earned the firm second place as the Top Defense Verdict of 2016 Read more

IP Group of the Year: Keker & Van Nest

January 25, 2017

Trial wins for Google and Arista in high stakes patent and copyright cases led to Keker & Van Nest being named IP Group of the Year by Law360. Read more

Arista Beats Cisco’s $335M Copyright Claim with an Unusual Defense

12/15/2016

After a two-week trial, a San Jose jury has cleared Arista Networks of allegations that it infringed copyrights and patents belonging to Cisco Systems. Read more

ACLU of Northern California Sues San Francisco Police Department for Excessive Force, False Arrest on Behalf of 23-Year-Old Black Man

09/15/2015

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Travis Hall, a Black 23-year-old San Francisco graphic designer and a recent Fordham University graduate, who was unlawfully detained, beaten and arrested by SFPD officers. Read more

ACLU & KVN Announce Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Police Department

09/09/2015

Ajay Krishnan and his team have partnered with the ACLU on behalf of young black man who was beaten by San Francisco police. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Jury Verdict for SanDisk In Patent Dispute With Round Rock

01/30/2015

A Delaware federal jury found that two patents held by patent holding company Round Rock Research LLC covering flash drives and memory cards were invalid, following an eight-day trial in a patent infringement case against SanDisk Corp. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Named 2013 Pro Bono Firm of the Year

09/10/2013

The firm was chosen for Law360's annual pro bono series for notable work ranging from pressing national issues to life-altering representations of individual clients. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Gets Investment Suit Tossed

02/02/2013

A state appeals court says San Mateo County isn't responsible for $20 million in losses suffered by a dozen school districts in a county-run investment fund that had holdings in Lehman Bros. when it collapsed in 2008. Read more

On Behalf of HTC, Keker & Van Nest Secures Deal To End Smartphone Patent Suits

11/14/2012

As lead counsel for HTC, we helped our client reach a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a 10-year license agreement. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Partners with ACLU to Vindicate Free Speech Rights of Deputy Sheriff

08/23/2012

A federal court issued a preliminary injunction protecting the free speech rights of a deputy sheriff in Trinity County to speak out about drug legalization and other political issues Read more

Ajay Krishnan Fights for Free Speech Rights

07/18/2012

Keker & Van Nest partners with American Civil Liberties Union Foundation on pro bono case. Read more

Second Major Victory in $20 Million Suit Over Lehman Bankruptcy

11/12/2011

After convincing the judge to dismiss the plaintiffs' initial complaint, Keker & Van Nest has won a second dismissal, thereby protecting San Mateo County and its former treasurer from a $20 million civil suit. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Secures Dismissal of $20 Million Suit Against San Mateo County

06/17/2011

Stuart Gasner, Michael Celio and Ajay Krishnan win the dismissal of a suit connected to the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Read more

Summary Judgment Win Impacts Rules Governing Free Speech

01/13/2011

The San Francisco Chronicle featured Keker & Van Nest's victory on behalf of peace activists who wished to protest on the Golden Gate Bridge. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Safeguards Freedom of Speech

01/12/2011

Ajay Krishnan, Daniel Nazer and Daniel Purcell’s successful motion for summary judgment has changed the rules governing free speech on the Golden Gate Bridge Read more

Stuart Gasner & His Team Defend San Mateo County in Battle Over Lehman Losses

12/24/2010

Mr. Gasner, Mr. Celio and Mr. Krishnan defend San Mateo county and its treasurer from claims made by twelve school districts and the county office of education over Lehman losses. Read more

David Silbert and His Team Win Summary Judgment for Comcast In $590M Suit

07/14/2008

A federal judge ruled in favor of Comcast Cable Communications Corp. in a patent infringement suit filed by Finisar Corp. Read more