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Keker & Van Nest Fends Off Malpractice Suit For Morgan Lewis

American Lawyer

Credit the folks at Keker & Van Nest with a thorough understanding of the developing law involving malpractice claims against patent lawyers. On Monday, San Jose federal district court judge Jeremy Fogel granted summary judgment to Keker client Morgan, Lewis & Bockius on the one remaining claim in a malpractice suit brought by Landmark Screens LLC. Judge Fogel's ruling marks the end of a six-year effort by Keker and Morgan Lewis to defeat Landmark's claims in both state and federal court.

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The Keker & Van Nest team was comprised of Elliot Peters, Steven Ragland, Susan Harriman, and John Trinidad .

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 has been named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer and The Recorder, was named the Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer, and was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal.

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.

Since joining the firm in 1985 and becoming a partner in 1989, Susan Harriman has handled a wide range of complex business litigation. She has tried state and federal cases involving legal malpractice defense, commercial disputes, real estate, and wrongful termination. She has also arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers.

John Trinidad represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation, including securities investigations, antitrust, intellectual property and breach of contract claims. Mr. Trinidad’s clients have included a financial services company facing a multi-billion dollar antitrust claim, a former company executive undergoing securities investigations, and a privately held company in an employment-related dispute. He has also represented clients in federal government investigations.