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CEOs, AmLaw100 law firms, and leading corporations trust Elliot Peters to litigate their most high-stakes commercial and criminal cases. Having tried more than 50 cases over the past three decades, he built a reputation for protecting clients when colossal damages, reputations or even freedom hang in the balance. As demonstrated by the cases of note described below, his practice is based upon a client’s need for master strategy and storytelling, rather than practice area or industry.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been named the Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer and The Recorder, The American Lawyer's Litigator of the Week, and The Daily Journal’s Top 100 Attorneys in California.

WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL & SECURITIES
Mr. Peters is one of the few attorneys trusted to protect prominent corporations, executives and celebrities from daunting battles with the U.S. government, whether a multi-billion dollar judgment or even a client’s freedom is at stake.

LEGAL MALPRACTICE
Equally impressive are Mr. Peters’ cases which must carefully avoid the spotlight, such as his legal malpractice work on behalf of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms.

COMMERCIAL & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Mr. Peters represents cutting-edge technology companies as well as high-profile individuals in both commercial and intellectual property cases.

CEOs, AmLaw100 law firms, and leading corporations trust Elliot Peters to litigate their most high-stakes commercial and criminal cases. Having tried more than 50 cases over the past three decades, he built a reputation for protecting clients when colossal damages, reputations or even freedom hang in the balance. As demonstrated by the cases of note described below, his practice is based upon a client’s need for master strategy and storytelling, rather than practice area or industry.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been named the Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer and The Recorder, The American Lawyer's Litigator of the Week, and The Daily Journal’s Top 100 Attorneys in California.

WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL & SECURITIES
Mr. Peters is one of the few attorneys trusted to protect prominent corporations, executives and celebrities from daunting battles with the U.S. government, whether a multi-billion dollar judgment or even a client’s freedom is at stake.

LEGAL MALPRACTICE
Equally impressive are Mr. Peters’ cases which must carefully avoid the spotlight, such as his legal malpractice work on behalf of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms.

COMMERCIAL & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Mr. Peters represents cutting-edge technology companies as well as high-profile individuals in both commercial and intellectual property cases.

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Keker & Van Nest Adding Elliot Peters as Name Partner

11/14/2016

Keker & Van Nest is preparing to add Elliot R. Peters as a name partner in recognition of his years of outstanding service for the firm. Read more

MLB Gets Antitrust Claims Tossed In Scout Wage Suit

09/30/2016

Wyckoff -- a former scout for the Kansas City Royals -- sued Major League Baseball and all 30 clubs in the Southern District of New York. On behalf of a purported class of scouts, Wyckoff alleged that the defendants had conspired to suppress scouts’ wages and mobility. Read more

Jan Nielsen Little, Elliot Peters and Susan Harriman Inducted Into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

07/29/2016

The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers, limited to the country's top 500 active trial lawyers. Read more

Daily Journal Names Three KVN Partners to its List of the Top 100 Lawyers in California

09/09/2015

John Keker, Robert Van Nest and Elliot Peters have been named to this prestigious list. Read more

Genentech and Novartis Escape FCA Suit Over Xolair Marketing

03/18/2015

Elliot Peters and David Silbert protect Genentech from a False Claims Act lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court. Read more

International Cycling Federation Releases Cycling-Independent Commission Report

03/09/2015

Lance Armstrong and his attorney Elliot Peters comment on the report. Read more

Community Health Pays $75M To End Whistleblower FCA Suit

02/02/2015

KVN represented whistleblower Robert C. Baker, who alleged Tennessee-based CHS violated the False Claims Act by presenting fraudulent claims for federal matching Medicaid funds. Read more

The Internet’s Own Boy: A Discussion of U.S. v. Aaron Swartz and the Prosecution and Defense of Cyber-Crime

01/21/2015

Filmmaker and Director of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger; Aaron Swartz’s attorneys Keker & Van Nest Partners Elliot Peters and Dan Purcell, and a distinguished panel will address this critical subject. Read more

Elliot Peters Wins Prestigious Pro Bono Award

11/10/2014

The Northern California Innocence Project chose Mr. Peters for freeing innocent people from wrongful incarceration. Read more

The Internet’s Own Boy: A Discussion of U.S. v. Aaron Swartz and the Prosecution and Defense of Cyber-Crime

10/22/2014

Elliot Peters, who represented Aaron Swartz, will speak at this American Bar Association panel. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Named Top Litigation Boutique

10/15/2014

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

Don't Fear The Courtroom When Fighting Malpractice

09/12/2014

Elliot Peters told attendees at the American Bar Association’s National Legal Malpractice Conference that law firms there are some instances when they should insist on their day in court. Read more

National Legal Malpractice Conference

09/12/2014

Elliot Peters will serve on the "Identification and Management of Cases Almost Certainly Destined for Trial" panel. Read more

John Keker, Bob Van Nest and Elliot Peters Named to Daily Journal’s 2014 “Top 100”

09/10/2014

Three Keker & Van Nest partners named to the exclusive list of California's top attorneys. Read more

Defending a Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff

04/12/2014

Elliot Peters will be a featured panelist at the California Bar's Eighteenth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium. Read more

Anti-Hacking Law Needs Further Clarification, Defense Lawyers Say

02/27/2014

The Daily Journal article features insights from Elliot Peters, on how current hacking laws allow prosecutors too much discretion. Read more

Elliot Peters and Jo Golub Named Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year

02/20/2014

California Lawyer recognized them for exonerating Ronald Ross, wrongfully convicted of attempted murder, and forced to serve nearly seven years of his 25-to-life sentence. Read more

Elliot Peters Speaks About Aaron Swartz's Legacy to Democracy Now

01/21/2014

The news program covered the new documentary, "The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," and spoke with Swartz’s family, his lawyer Elliot Peters, and filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. Read more

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

01/13/2014

Elliot Peters, who represented Aaron Swartz, speaks to filmmaker Brian Knappenberger for his documentary which will premier at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Sanctions from SEC

10/02/2013

On behalf of a former Silicon Valley executive accused of accounting fraud, Keker & Van Nest has won a round in their battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission, landing sanctions against the commission for dragging its heels in discovery. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Partners Named Top 100 Lawyers in California

09/11/2013

John Keker, Bob Van Nest and Elliot Peters chosen for prestigious list. Read more

A Lawyer's Holiday

08/21/2013

Elliot Peters shares the story of vindicating and freeing Ronald Ross - who spent seven years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Read more

Innocent Man Freed After 7 Years in Prison

02/26/2013

Ronald Ross, wrongly convicted of a 2006 shooting in Oakland, wept as he was ordered released by a judge after spending nearly seven years behind bars. Read more

Keker & Van Nest and The Northern California Innocence Project Exonerate Innocent Man

02/22/2013

Ronald Ross exonerated of attempted murder charge after serving nearly seven years of 25-to-life sentence. Read more

Elliot Peters Discusses Prosecutorial Overreach in Aaron Swartz Case

02/22/2013

NBC interviewed Mr. Peters about why the government went after Internet prodigy and activist Aaron Swartz for allegations surrounding computer hacking. Read more

Inmate Exonerated in '06 Oakland Shooting

02/16/2013

Keker & Van Nest devoted more than 2,000 hours to freeing a man wrongfully convicted of attempted murder. Read more

Bet-The-Company Lawyer Steps In Between Government, S&P

02/08/2013

John Keker and Elliot Peters were hired to defend S&P, sued by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly inflating ratings on mortgage-backed securities to boost its own profit. The U.S. seeks as much as $5 billion in penalties. Read more

Elliot Peters Discusses Internet Activist Aaron Swartz, Lance Armstrong, 'Prosecutorial Excess'

01/28/2013

In January, three of Mr. Peters' cases made national headlines. Read more

Steven Ragland Discusses Matthew Davies Medical Marijuana Case

01/16/2013

Despite the fact that Mr. Davies created a medical marijuana business in compliance with California state laws, the federal government has indicted Mr. Davies, and is seeking a minimum sentence of five years in prison. Read more

Aaron Swartz: prodigy, Internet activist, and entrepreneur

01/14/2013

Like so many people around the world, we are devastated by the death of our client Aaron Swartz. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Defends Medical Marijuana Businessman

01/13/2013

Elliot Peters and Steven Ragland's case highlights the growing clash between the federal government and those states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. Read more

Premium Defense for Your VIP Client: Avoiding Pitfalls and Combatting Perceptions

11/15/2012

Elliot Peters will speak at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' annual meeting. Read more

Computer Searches in the New Millennium: The Collision between the Fourth Amendment and Computer Forensics

10/25/2012

Elliot Peters will present this topic at the Cybercrime Conference. Read more

23 Keker & Van Nest Attorneys Named "Best Lawyers"

08/28/2012

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 Wins Top Rankings from Chambers

06/08/2012

Listed as Band 1 attorneys in white collar, commercial litigation and intellectual property. Read more

Robert Van Nest and Elliot Peters Named to List of Top 75 Intellectual Property Lawyers

04/06/2012

Lawyers on this list worked on the world's cutting-edge issues and had the greatest impact on their clients and their area of law. Read more

Federal Prosecutors Drop Investigation of Lance Armstrong

02/03/2012

John Keker, Armstrong’s lead lawyer in the case, said: “They made the right decision, and they made it on their own.” Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Motion to Sever Antitrust Counts

12/13/2011

The firm defends the scion of a legendary California agribusiness family from accusations of racketeering, price-fixing, honest services fraud and obstruction of justice. Read more

Keker and Van Nest LLP: Partner in Promoting Justice

12/01/2011

Northern California Innocence Project commends Keker & Van Nest's pro bono efforts. Read more

Twitter Off The Hook In $40M Virtual Community IP Suit

11/01/2011

Elliot Peters and David Silbert win a defense verdict from a federal jury in Virginia. Read more

17 Partners Selected for 2012 Best Lawyers in America

09/01/2011

Keker & Van Nest partners were recognized in more than ten categories, including bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense, and intellectual property litigation. Read more

John Keker and Elliot Peters Called "Defense Dream Team"

08/10/2011

In denying prosecutors' attempt to disqualify Keker & Van Nest from representing Frederick Scott Salyer in an alleged fraud and price-fixing case, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton said he believed that "the government has got nothing but altruism motivating its motion and its deep concern with fairness for Mr. Salyer. I believe that, but I also believe in the tooth fairy." Read more

Lance Armstrong Adds Keker & Van Nest to Legal Team

05/26/2011

John Keker and Elliot Peters previously won a major legal victory for the Major League Baseball Players Association against federal investigators in a doping case. Read more

Keker Van Nest Fights Chevron RICO Suit

02/22/2011

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

Elliot Peters Speaks About Fourth Amendment Litigation

02/17/2011

Mr. Peters will speak about his landmark victory on behalf of the Major League Baseball Players Association, and about developing fourth amendment law regarding computer searches. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Fends Off Malpractice Suit For Morgan Lewis

02/08/2011

Elliot Peters, Steven Ragland, Susan Harriman and John Trinidad use knowledge of the developing law involving malpractice claims against patent lawyers to win summary judgment. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Successfully Defends Premier Silicon Valley Software Company

01/24/2011

Elliot Peters and Gene Paige defended a company from trade secret and copyright charges. Read more

Elliot Peters Named Attorney of the Year

02/22/2010

The Recorder recognized Mr. Peters for his landmark commercial, appellate and civil litigation victories. Read more

Elliot Peters Named Litigator of the Week

09/04/2009

The American Lawyer highlighted Elliot Peters' victories on behalf of John J. Tennison and the Major League Baseball Players Association. 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

After 13 Years, It's 'Beautiful' to be Free Again

09/03/2003

Keker & Van Nest reversed the murder conviction of a man who had been sent to prison as a teenager more than 13 years ago. Read more

  • "Identification and Management of Cases Almost Certainly Destined for Trial," American Bar Association's National Legal Malpractice Conference, 2014
  • "Defending a Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff," the California Bar's Eighteenth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, 2014
  • "A Lawyers Holiday," Huffington Post, 2013
  • "Digital Defense: Representing the Alleged Cyber Criminal," NACDL's Annual West Coast White Collar Conference, 2013
  • "Computer Searches in the New Millennium: The Collision between the Fourth Amendment and Computer Forensics," Cybercrime Conference, 2012
  • "Criminal Investigation of Lawyers," Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society Annual General Meeting 2012
  • Co-author with Nic Marais, “Battening Down the Hatches: Representing a Law Firm in the Stormy Seas of a Criminal Investigation,” Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society Annual General Meeting 2012
  • "Daubert Challenges in Federal Intellectual Property Litigation," Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Annual Meeting, 2011
  • "Fourth Amendment Litigation," Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, 2011