With a federal investigation of Lance Armstrong reportedly near completion, the seven-time Tour de France winner is adding to his already formidable legal team. The New York Times reported on Thursday that Armstrong has hired Keker & Van Nest name partner John Keker and partner Elliot Peters to represent him in the federal drug investigation, ahead of possible criminal charges related to alleged performance-enhancing drug use and blood doping.
Both lawyers have had success in battling the government in high-profile drug cases in the past. Peters represented the Major League Baseball Players Association in a case over the 2004 seizure of drug samples on 104 MLB players tied to the government's BALCO investigation. The seizure precipitated a steady stream of leaked positive tests for several current and former players, even though the results were under seal should have been kept confidential.
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Since founding the firm in 1978, John Keker has built a reputation as one of the country's top trial lawyers. 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. In addition to their landmark victory on behalf of the Major League Baseball Players Association previously mentioned, Mr. Keker's recent cases include representing the founders of Marvell Technology Group in their suit alleging Goldman Sachs manipulated the 2008 financial crisis to defraud the two Silicon Valley executives of more than $100 million. Mr. Peters' recent cases include defending embattled plaintiff's lawyer Steven Donziger from a RICO suit filed by Chevron.