Despite spirited opposition from federal prosecutors, indicted tomato king Frederick Scott Salyer has won the right to hire one of the sharpest legal minds – and one of the fiercest courtroom combatants – to help defend him in one of the biggest scandals to hit the U.S. food industry.
John Keker, a 67-year-old San Francisco attorney whose 41 years of practice have included some of the most notable cases of the past few decades, secured a judge's order last week to join Salyer's legal 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.