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Tomato Scion Adds John Keker to Legal Team

Los Angeles Times

The defense team of indicted tomato scion Frederick Scott Salyer has just gotten a very high-powered and high-priced player: John Keker.

The San Francisco attorney, a retired Marine who reportedly charges $900 an hour for his time, has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases in recent years. When Google Inc. faced a pending legal battle with Microsoft Corp., the Silicon Valley giant hired Keker’s firm. 

Keker’s own resume is impressive: prosecuting (successfully) Lt. Col. Oliver North in the Iran-Contra scandal; serving as legal counsel to Lance Armstrong; defending Andrew Fastow, the former Enron chief financial officer who was accused of orchestrating the partnerships the onetime energy giant used to mask its debt and inflate its earnings. 

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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.