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Some of the most well-known names in the technology, health care, legal, and venture capital sectors turn to Steven Ragland to solve their toughest legal problems. His extensive experience in both civil and criminal matters offers a unique perspective and novel approach to his cases, and he is particularly recognized for expertise in trade secret misappropriation, legal malpractice, and criminal IP matters. Whatever the dispute may involve, Mr. Ragland is singularly focused on getting the best outcome for the client as soon possible.

Mr. Ragland has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout California and the nation. His significant trial experience includes helping secure a complete defense victory for Google in Oracle v. Google—a case in which Oracle claimed billions of dollars in damages for use of parts of the Java programming language in Google’s Android smartphone platform; prevailing on all legal and factual grounds in a nearly $100 million damages claim from a former executive of one of the nation’s largest wine producers; and representing a high-ranking company official in one of the nation’s first criminal stock options backdating cases to go to trial.  

He has successfully litigated appeals in the California Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of California, numerous Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Ragland has also successfully represented individuals and companies before investigative agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Inspector General, State Attorney General, United States Attorney’s Offices, and District Attorney enforcement units. He maintains an active pro bono practice focused on disability rights and habeas corpus matters.

Clients praise Mr. Ragland’s “extremely thoughtful” approach to litigation, his “effective, concise, and persuasive” communication, willingness to “take hard positions,” and ability to “swim against strong currents on behalf of clients.”  As one client summed up, “If I’m ever in a foxhole during wartime, I want him there with me.”

Some of the most well-known names in the technology, health care, legal, and venture capital sectors turn to Steven Ragland to solve their toughest legal problems. His extensive experience in both civil and criminal matters offers a unique perspective and novel approach to his cases, and he is particularly recognized for expertise in trade secret misappropriation, legal malpractice, and criminal IP matters. Whatever the dispute may involve, Mr. Ragland is singularly focused on getting the best outcome for the client as soon possible.

Mr. Ragland has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout California and the nation. His significant trial experience includes helping secure a complete defense victory for Google in Oracle v. Google—a case in which Oracle claimed billions of dollars in damages for use of parts of the Java programming language in Google’s Android smartphone platform; prevailing on all legal and factual grounds in a nearly $100 million damages claim from a former executive of one of the nation’s largest wine producers; and representing a high-ranking company official in one of the nation’s first criminal stock options backdating cases to go to trial.  

He has successfully litigated appeals in the California Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of California, numerous Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Ragland has also successfully represented individuals and companies before investigative agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Inspector General, State Attorney General, United States Attorney’s Offices, and District Attorney enforcement units. He maintains an active pro bono practice focused on disability rights and habeas corpus matters.

Clients praise Mr. Ragland’s “extremely thoughtful” approach to litigation, his “effective, concise, and persuasive” communication, willingness to “take hard positions,” and ability to “swim against strong currents on behalf of clients.”  As one client summed up, “If I’m ever in a foxhole during wartime, I want him there with me.”

Bankrupt Law Firm Clawbacks Take Hit in California

March 06, 2018

The California Supreme Court ruled this week that failed law firms are not entitled to fees earned on legal matters that are in progress – but not completed – at the time the firm closes its doors. Read more

California Supreme Court Decides that Dissolved Law Firms are Not Entitled to Partners’ Future Earnings

March 05, 2018

Representing Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Keker Van Nest & Peters secured a win before the California Supreme Court in a case that tested the reach of law firm dissolution agreements Read more

Shasta County Prisoners Abuse Suit Reaches Settlement

December 04, 2017

Shasta County Jail inmates with mobility disabilities have settled a class action lawsuit filed against Shasta County and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department that alleges systemic ADA discrimination. Read more

The Daily Journal Profiles Steven Ragland for his Unique Hobby

September 29, 2017

In the Air: Keker, Van Nest & Peters litigator Stephen Ragland has been juggling since high school. 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 Google Wins Top Defense Verdict Award for 2016

February 17, 2017

The jury accepted Google’s “fair use” defense in the copyright case, zeroing out Oracle’s billion dollar claim. 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

How Oracle Went from Nine Zeros to One Zero

06/01/2016

Google's lead attorney Robert Van Nest and his team won an epic victory in a courtroom battle between two Silicon Valley giants. Read more

Lawsuit Says Shasta Co. Jail Mistreats Disabled Imates

05/26/2016

We are fighting to protect disabled prisoners who have suffered horrific and illegal treatment. Read more

Steven Ragland Joins the Disability Rights Advocate's West Coast Advisory Board

05/05/2016

"Part of the reason I went to law school is to acquire the tools to make people do the right thing when they refuse to do so and injure someone or discriminate against a group of people. I want to use my skills to help ensure dignity and justice for everyone." Read more

10th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp Conference

10/30/2015

Steven Ragland will discuss how best to litigate in state court. Read more

Steven Ragland to speak at NACDL's 2015 West Coast White Collar Conference

06/17/2015

Steven Ragland will present Safeguarding Confidence: Ethical Strategies for Preventing and Addressing Privilege Problems Read more

Superior Court: From the Complaint to Motions and Everything In-Between

10/10/2014

Steven Ragland will serve as a faculty member for Pincus Professional Education's 9th Annual Litigation Boot Camp. Read more

Heller Ehrman Objections To Costs In Clawback Suits Tossed

07/28/2014

Steve Hirsch and Steven Ragland win another victory on behalf of Davis Wright Tremaine and Foley & Lardner. Read more

Judge Sides With SanDisk in Trade Secrets Fight

06/24/2014

Sandisk lead counsel Jeff Chanin and his team won a preliminary injunction requiring South Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. to hand over the alleged secrets. Read more

Steve Hirsch and Steven Ragland Convince Judge to Reject 'Jewel' Doctrine in Heller Case

06/11/2014

A federal judge ruled the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy estate has no claim to profits earned from client business former partners brought with them to new law firms. Read more

NACDL 2013 Conference - Defending the White Collar Case

10/25/2013

Steven Ragland will present "When There Are No Other Options: Dispositions Without Trials" at the annual conference Read more

9th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp Conference

05/20/2013

Steven Ragland will present the do's and don'ts of federal courts. 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

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

6th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp: A Motion and Trial Practice Skills Program

10/26/2011

Judges, staff attorneys and expert litigators such as Keker & Van Nest Partner Steven Ragland will teach attorneys about motion and trial practice in the California Superior Court. Read more

Steven Ragland Squashes Malpractice Litigation

07/19/2011

For the third time in a row, Mr. Ragland has protected an AmLaw 100 law firm from malpractice litigation. 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

Steven Ragland Secures Dismissal in Legal Malpractice Case

05/13/2011

Representing a prominent international law firm, Keker & Van Nest partner Steven Ragland convinced opposing counsel to drop the case. Read more

Prosecutors Drop Case for Lack of Evidence

03/10/2011

Steven Ragland and Stuart Gasner obtain rare voluntary dismissal of already-filed felony charge against company related to worker death. 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

Unconventional Paths to Partnership

03/19/2010

The Recorder highlights Steven Ragland's colorful pre-law past. Read more

Steven Ragland's Notes on Criminal Defense

05/01/2007

Steven Ragland writes about his experience defending "those people." 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

  • Organizer and moderator, “Managing the Intersection Between Technology, Privacy & Law,” First Annual Corporate Counsel Conclave, 2017
  • Panelist and moderator, “Winning a White Collar Case in the Digital Age,” NACDL’s West Coast White Collar Conference, 2017
  • Panelist and moderator, “Safeguarding Confidence: Ethical Strategies for Preventing and Addressing Privilege Problems,” NACDL’s West Coast White Collar Conference, 2015
  • Faculty, “Superior Court: From the Complaint to Motions and Everything In-Between,” Pincus Professional Education’s Annual Litigation Boot Camp, 2009-2011, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Panelist, “When There Are No Other Options: Dispositions Without Trials,” NACDL White Collar Conference, 2013
  • Panelist, “Federal Court Boot Camp Conference: How to Practice in Federal Court,” 2011, 2013
  • “Representing ‘Those People’: Notes on Criminal Defense,” Daily Journal, 2007
  • “Obstruction Seduction: The increasingly long reach of the obstruction of justice statutes,” Second Annual White Collar Crime Seminar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
  • Panelist and organizer, “Police Misconduct and Institutional Reform Litigation in California,” 2005
  • Panelist and conference organizer, “Patriotism in a Time of War – Defending the Bill of Rights and the Individual Accused in Terrorism Cases,” 2003
  • “Using the Master’s Tools: Fighting Persistent Police Misconduct with Civil RICO,” American University Law Review, 2001