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John Keker and Elliot Peters Called "Defense Dream Team"

Monterey County Herald

Scott Salyer will get his dream defense team as he fights federal charges that he engaged in widespread corruption while overseeing one of California's largest producers of processed tomato products.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton on Tuesday rejected a motion by government prosecutors to disqualify John Keker, one of the top U.S. defense attorneys in white-collar crime cases, and two of his partners from Salyer's defense team.  

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Since founding the firm with law school classmate Bill Brockett in 1978, John Keker has built a reputation as one of the country's top trial lawyers. Four decades of jury trials in white collar criminal cases, complex commercial and intellectual property cases, antitrust and securities cases, even palimony cases, establish him as the lawyer clients turn to for their most important and high-profile litigation problems.

For three decades Elliot Peters has litigated, tried and advised clients in some of the nation's most high-profile, high-stakes complex commercial and white collar criminal cases. Mr. Peters has tried more than 50 cases on behalf of CEOs, leading law firms, and major corporations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also been named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer and The Recorder, the Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer, and one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal.