Contract & Commercial,
White Collar Criminal
For more than 30 years Jan Little has handled high-stakes criminal investigations and trials and complex civil litigation for publicly-traded corporations, private companies, and senior executives.
Ms. Little's criminal cases have included many substantive areas of white collar defense, including securities fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, foreign corrupt practice/commercial bribery, money laundering, and public corruption. She has litigated and tried white collar criminal cases in dozens of jurisdictions across the nation. She has also represented corporations and executives in securities class and derivative actions, and in proceedings and enforcement actions before the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Little also handles business litigation and professional liability matters.
We represented the Chief Financial Officer of an energy company in a three-year, high-profile investigation spanning multiple jurisdictions. Ultimately, no charges were filed against our client.
We defended a former CEO in a week-long confidential arbitration before a three judge panel in Los Angeles. Our client prevailed. The claimant took nothing and is responsible for our client’s attorney’s fees.
We defended former Citigroup executive Brian Stoker in one of the rare financial crisis cases to go to trial. Mr. Stoker, who worked on the structuring desk at Citigroup, was charged with securities fraud in connection with Citigroup’s 2007 marketing of a $1 billion collateralized debt obligation (CDO) backed by assets tied to the housing market. In its enforcement action the SEC contended that Citigroup had played a role in the selection of the CDO’s underlying mortgage securities and had taken a short position in those securities. The SEC contended that Mr. Stoker was negligent for not disclosing information about Citigroup’s actions in its marketing materials. After a two-week jury trial in the Southern District of New York with Judge Rakoff presiding, the federal jury rejected the SEC’s case and found Mr. Stoker not liable on any of the SEC’s claims.
We defended a high-ranking company official in one of the nation’s first criminal stock options backdating cases to go to trial. We obtained the dismissal of the majority of the charges. Our client was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment on the remaining charges.
A criminal grand jury investigated our client, a financial services company, for money transfers in the Southwest border region. We reached a settlement with four state attorneys general that included establishing a multi-state alliance to combat illegal activity along the U.S.-Mexico border.
We represented a chief financial officer charged in one of the largest criminal securities fraud cases in recent U.S. history. We represented him in the criminal and administrative investigations, as well as in parallel civil litigation. Following pretrial litigation, our client pled guilty and received a six-year prison sentence. Civil litigation was favorably settled.
We represented a nationally-known Mississippi trial attorney in multiple federal criminal cases alleging judicial bribery and honest services fraud. Our client received favorable plea agreements.
We defended a former Silicon Valley investment banker on obstruction of justice charges. After two trials and a successful appeal, all charges were deferred. Related charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Association of Securities Dealers were also dismissed.
Our client, a prominent attorney in Los Angeles, was investigated for illegal wiretapping. The matter was closed without any charges filed.
We represented a manufacturing company's vice president of sales in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation. No charges were filed against our client, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement action was favorably settled.
We represented a national health care company and its subsidiary in a criminal case, and parallel consumer class actions in state and federal court concerning a defective medical device. The criminal case was settled for misdemeanor charges, and the civil and administrative actions were favorably settled.
We represented a large waste management company in a federal criminal tax fraud case. We settled the case favorably for the corporation and its executives on the first day of trial.
We won an acquittal for a prominent criminal defense attorney charged with drug conspiracy, RICO, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
The Daily Journal has recognized Christa Anderson and Jan Neilsen Little among the Top Women Lawyers in California. Read more
The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers, limited to the country's top 500 active trial lawyers. Read more
Ms. Little was recognized for standing between clients and the court of public opinion. Ms. Harris was applauded for her ability to break down the most complex legal issues into very precise slices, making the case easier for a judge and jury to digest. Read more
The Daily Journal has named Ms. Little and Ms. Harriman to its prestigious list of the top 100 lawyers in California since 2005. Read more
One name mentioned by virtually everyone the Daily Journal spoke to was Keker & Van Nest. Lawyers at some of the best firms in California said they model themselves after the litigation powerhouse. Read more
Ms. Little was recognized for handling prestigious white collar litigation, and Ms. Harriman for defeating a high-stakes copyright case. Read more
The award is presented to individuals who have made a profound impact on the field of white collar criminal defense advocacy. Read more
Jan Nielsen Little and Susan Harriman are once again named to elite list of California's top women lawyers. Read more
The firm receives top rankings for bet-the-company, intellectual property, criminal defense, securities, commercial, legal malpractice, and appellate litigation. Read more
Keker & Van Nest defeats the SEC in this high-profile case. Read more
Listed as Band 1 attorneys in white collar, commercial litigation and intellectual property. Read more
Program Co-Chair Jan Nielsen Little will moderate "The Professional Edge: Working With (and Against) Experts." Read more
For more than 25 years Ms. Little has handled high-stakes criminal investigations and trials and complex civil litigation for publicly-traded corporations, private companies, and senior executives. Read more
Jan Nielsen Little is one of fourteen finalists shortlisted for the prestigious honor. Read more
Jan Nielsen Little to speak at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Annual White Collar Seminar. Read more
Keker & Van Nest partners were recognized in more than ten categories, including bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense, and intellectual property litigation. Read more
Chevron sued embattled plaintiff's lawyer Steven Donziger, who represented indigenous residents in a long-standing multibillion-dollar environmental claim against the company in Ecuador. Read more
The partners have received this recognition for the past four years in a row. Read more
Jan Nielsen Little and Susan Harriman are among California's top 75 women litigators three years in a row. Read more
John Keker and Jan Nielsen Little Are Among California's Top 100 Attorneys Read more
Jan Little asks isn’t it time to consider how certain stereotypically “womanly” traits are
precisely the traits we value in good trial lawyers? Read more
The Daily Journal honored the work of California's top women litigators, including Keker & Van Nest partners Jan Little and Susan Harriman. Read more