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Prosecutors Drop Case for Lack of Evidence


Keker & Van Nest partners Steven Ragland and Stuart Gasner obtained complete dismissal of a felony charge related to an on-the-job worker death. Retained by a prominent California company after a criminal complaint had been filed and an arraignment date set, Mr. Ragland and Mr. Gasner immediately engaged prosecutors and successfully postponed arraignment. Following months of discussions with the prosecutors and investigation into the incident, the attorneys convinced the government to voluntarily dismiss the case for insufficient evidence without proceeding to arraignment and without levying any fines or penalties whatsoever against the company. 

Steven Ragland has extensive experience in a broad range of criminal defense and complex civil litigation matters. Mr. Ragland has represented individuals and companies facing criminal allegations ranging from securities, mail, and wire fraud to drug and terrorism offenses. In the civil realm, he has successfully represented clients in breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, legal malpractice, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, contract interference, unfair business practice, and civil rights matters. 

Stuart Gasner centers his practice in the areas of white collar criminal and securities defense, intellectual property litigation and complex corporate disputes. A federal prosecutor before joining Keker & Van Nest, Mr. Gasner has tried more than 20 cases to verdict before juries across the United States.