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Keker & Van Nest Elevates Three Attorneys to Partner

Press Release

Keker & Van Nest LLP is pleased to announce the elevation of Simona Agnolucci, Sharif Jacob and Khari Tillery to partner.

“Keker & Van Nest’s commitment to being the best trial and litigation attorneys is perfectly reflected in our newest partners. Whether handling white collar, commercial or intellectual property matters, they’ve proven their ability to solve our client’s most complex and high-stakes problems. We’re thrilled to welcome such a talented group to our partnership,” said Firm Managing Partner Steve Taylor.

Simona Agnolucci specializes in complex litigation, including intellectual property, white collar criminal defense and commercial disputes. Agnolucci has been an active member of trial teams in both state and federal court and recently second-chaired the two-month, high-profile economic espionage trial in United States v. Liew. Agnolucci is playing a leadership role in Keker & Van Nest’s pro bono efforts to help unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United States, and her groundbreaking pro bono work on behalf of women fleeing gender-based persecution has been recognized by national media. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law, and her B.A, with honors, from Stanford University. Prior to joining Keker & Van Nest, she clerked for the Hon. William C. Canby, Jr. at the Ninth Circuit.

Jacob focuses on resolving complex intellectual property litigation and business disputes. He represents leading technology companies in the video streaming, social networking, and wireless phone industries before the district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, Jacob has repeatedly litigated actions advancing the constitutional rights of inmates. His pro bono work has led to systemic reform of California’s prison system and has been covered by the national press. Jacob graduated first in his class from Hastings and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. After law school, Jacob clerked for the Hon. Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit.

Tillery has handled a variety of complex commercial, antitrust and class action litigation for a wide range of clients. Throughout his career, he has identified and executed effective strategies to help clients resolve their problems, either by winning at trial, or by reaching a favorable settlement. Tillery earned his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and his B.A. from UC Berkeley. Afterwards, he completed judicial clerkships for Hon. Martin J. Jenkins of the Northern District of California and Hon. Theodore A. McKee of the Third Circuit. Prior to joining Keker & Van Nest, Tillery spent a year at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco as the Thurgood Marshall Fellow.