For more than 35 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.
Ms. Little is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She has been listed as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California every year since 2005.
United States v. Executive
We represent a former senior executive of a financial institution in connection with a significant national federal criminal investigation and related regulatory proceedings.
United States v. Executive
During a nine-week trial, we defended the former chief financial officer of a British software company against federal criminal charges accusing our client of alleged accounting fraud, relating to a $11 billion acquisition by a U.S. company.
United States v. Chief Financial Officer
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.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Executive
We defended a former Citigroup executive in one of the rare financial crisis cases to go to trial. Our client worked on the structuring desk at Citigroup and 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. After a two week trial in the Southern District of New York, a jury rejected the SEC’s case and found our client not liable on any of the SEC’s claims.
United States v. Executive
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.
Plaintiffs v. Health Care Company
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.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Former Chief Financial Officer
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.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Executive
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.
State of Arizona v. Financial Services Company
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.
United States Department of Justice v. Attorney
Our client, a prominent attorney in Los Angeles, was investigated for illegal wiretapping. The matter was closed without any charges filed.
United States v. Attorney
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.
United States v. Criminal Defense Attorney
We won an acquittal for a prominent criminal defense attorney charged with drug conspiracy, RICO, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
United States v. Investment Banker
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.
United States v. Waste Management Company
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.
Jan Little has been selected as a Daily Journal Top Women Lawyer. Read more
May 18, 2022
The Daily Journal has named Keker, Van Nest & Peters partners Jan Little and Rachael Meny among its list of top women lawyers in California. Read more
January 21, 2022
This 2-day program, 1/24/22 and 1/25/22, qualifies for 6 hours of general CLE credit, 1 hour of ethics credit, and 1 hour of elimination of bias credit.
The Daily Journal has recognized Susan Harriman and Jan Nielsen Little among the Top Women Lawyers in California. Read more
The Daily Journal has recognized Christa Anderson and Jan Neilsen Little among the Top Women Lawyers in California. Read more
John Keker's panel will address "The Myth and the Reality: Ethical Obligations & Strategies to Challenge Prosecutorial Abuse." 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
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
May 10, 2007
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
- "Crossing the High Seas: Are There Limits to Extraterritorial Reach for Prosecutions of Securities Laws?" ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2017. Co-authored with Nic Marais.
- Panelist, "Insecurity in Securities Law," ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, 2017
- Panelist, "Prosecutors Gone Rogue: Reining in Government Overreaching," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2016.
- Panelist, "White Collar Evidence: Protecting Vulnerabilities, Challenging Attacks," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2015.
- Panelist, "At The Table: Practical & Ethical Guidance for Plea Negotiations," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2014.
- Panelist, "Corporate Executive Liability: When the C-Suite Becomes the Hot Seat," and Program Co-Chair, NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2013.
- Panelist, "The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine: Continuing Threats Facing In-House Counsel," National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Counsel, 2013.
- Faculty, "The Professional Edge: Working With (and Against) Experts," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2012.
- Faculty, "The ABCs of D-efense in an E-lectronic Age: Ethics and Strategies," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2011.
- “Books & Records: More Than Just A Paper Cut,” Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute, 2008. Co-authored with Michael D. Celio.
- Faculty, ABA White Collar Crime National Institute, 2010.
- Faculty, PLI Securities Enforcement Seminar “Internal Investigations: The Other Side Of Cooperation,” Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute, 2007 Co-authored with Michael D. Celio.
- “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Deliberate Ignorance Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Institute, 2007. Co-authored with Ajay Kundaria.
- Faculty, Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Program, 2006-2010.
- Faculty, NACDL White Collar Seminar, 2005-2006.
- “Ten Reasons Women Make Great Trial Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2006.
- “Parallel Proceedings: The Uncomfortable Intersection of Criminal and Civil Litigation,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2006. Co-authored with Katherine Florey.
- “Obstruction Seduction: The Increasingly Long Arm of the Federal Obstruction Statutes,” NACDL, White Collar Crime Conference, 2006. Co-authored with Steven P. Ragland.
- “Recent Developments in Criminal Enforcement of Securities Law,” Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute, 2006. Co-authored with Katherine Florey.
- “Opening Statement: Ten Tips,” California State Bar Litigation Section, 2005.
- Faculty, Stanford Directors College, 2005.
- Faculty, “Champions of the Courtroom,” California State Bar Litigation Section, 2005.
- ”The Attorney-Client Privilege And The Corporate Executive,” 2003. Co-authored with Nikki K. Vo.
- Faculty, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting, 2002.
- Faculty, CEB Mock Trial Program, “Legends of Litigation,” 2001.