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Laurie Carr Mims has extensive experience litigating complex civil matters, including securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. She has tried a variety of cases, including several as first chair. While Ms. Mims has represented institutional and individual clients from a wide range of industries, most of her clients are in the biotechnology and venture capital fields. She has also handled high-stakes matters involving the False Claims Act, breach of contract, fraud, trade secret theft, and copyright infringement, and has defended individuals in DOJ investigations and prosecutions. She is the chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Litigation Section. 

Ms. Mims also has an active pro bono practice, through which she has represented indigent clients in criminal trials and habeas proceedings, and is active with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She recently represented the City of Pleasant Hill and Pleasant Hill City Council in defending its ordinance regulating firearm retailers. The ordinance requires a police permit, alarm system and security cameras for gun dealers, and restricts where new sellers can operate in relation to schools, day care centers, parks and residences. The restrictions were unsuccessfully challenged by gun dealers and a firearm trade group.

Laurie Carr Mims has extensive experience litigating complex civil matters, including securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. She has tried a variety of cases, including several as first chair. While Ms. Mims has represented institutional and individual clients from a wide range of industries, most of her clients are in the biotechnology and venture capital fields. She has also handled high-stakes matters involving the False Claims Act, breach of contract, fraud, trade secret theft, and copyright infringement, and has defended individuals in DOJ investigations and prosecutions. She is the chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Litigation Section. 

Ms. Mims also has an active pro bono practice, through which she has represented indigent clients in criminal trials and habeas proceedings, and is active with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She recently represented the City of Pleasant Hill and Pleasant Hill City Council in defending its ordinance regulating firearm retailers. The ordinance requires a police permit, alarm system and security cameras for gun dealers, and restricts where new sellers can operate in relation to schools, day care centers, parks and residences. The restrictions were unsuccessfully challenged by gun dealers and a firearm trade group.

Laurie Mims Weighs in on the Latest Trends in Securities Law

November 14, 2018

Laurie Mims recently participated in a Daily Journal roundtable discussing trends and important cases in securities law. Read more

$ 45M Drug Milestone Suit Against Shire Kept Alive in Delaware

May 11, 2018

Irish pharmaceutical company Shire PLC lost a bid Friday to shut down a Delaware Chancery Court contract breach suit demanding an overdue $45 million drug development “milestone” payment, filed by the post-merger representatives of the drug’s original owner. Read more

Laurie Mims Featured in Williams & Connolly Alumni Newsletter

05/14/2015

Laurie Mims joined Keker & Van Nest in 2005 and became a partner in 2009. Read more

Plaintiffs Drop Securities Suit Against Biofuel Maker

06/18/2014

With help from Michael Celio and Laurie Mims, Emeryville-based Amyris Inc. has shaken off a securities suit alleging executives misled the market about the company's success developing a plant-based fuel alternative. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Protects Renewable Products Company Amyris from Frivolous Securities Class Action

06/17/2014

Judge’s order overwhelmingly favors Amyris, plaintiff abandons case. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Motion to Dismiss in Putative Securities Class Action

03/26/2014

Michael Celio led the defense of a renewable energy company and its CEO. Read more

Laurie Mims Defends City of Pleasant Hill in Pro Bono Gun Ordinance Case

02/15/2014

Gun advocates claim the city's firearms ordinance was improperly approved and violates the Constitution. Read more

5 Tips For New Partners To Avoid Malpractice Pitfalls

06/06/2013

Laurie Mims shares how partners should address their increased legal liability. Read more

Ethics for New Partners: Understanding Professional Liability Risks and Exposure

05/29/2013

Laurie Mims will speak at the American Bar Association program. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Revance Therapeutics Regain All Worldwide Rights to Its Botulinum Toxin Products

10/08/2012

Stuart Gasner and Laurie Mims represented Revance, a biotechnology company which develops next-generation dermatology products and therapeutic medicines, in a Delaware Chancery Court bench trial. Read more

Steven Ragland and Laurie Mims to Speak at the 7th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp

May 2011

Seasoned trial litigators will provide practical tools for effectively litigating in federal court. Read more

eDiscovery: Why to Care About It and How Not to Let It Ruin Your Life

05/03/2011

Laurie Mims will moderate this panel, which features Sharif Jacob and other young practitioners. Read more

California Women Lawyers' 11th Annual Northern California Judicial Reception

03/25/2011

The Honorable Isabella Horton Grant (Ret.) will be presented with the 2011 Rose Bird Memorial Award. Read more

Reflection's from California's New Partners

01/05/2009

Laurie Mims is featured in the Recorder's piece on the attorneys who were elevated to partner in 2009. Read more

Turns Out, Three Strikes Client Needed First Timers' Help

October 16, 2006

It took two tossed convictions and almost 10 years, but James Mar finally walked freely out of a Kern County jail last month Read more