Contract & Commercial

Representative clients

Google Inc.  •  Genentech, Inc.  •  McKesson Corporation  •  San Diego County Water Authority  •  Univision Communications  •  Comcast Cable Communications LLC  •  Electronic Arts Inc.  •  Lyft, Inc.  •  Instacart  •  NRG Solar LLC  •  Public Storage

Keker, Van Nest & Peters represents plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of commercial disputes. This representation includes federal and state court litigation, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals.

Recognitions

Chambers' Commercial Litigation rankings list Keker, Van Nest & Peters as a Band 1 firm in California, and John Keker and Robert Van Nest as two of the state's top commercial litigators.

Our 2015 breach of contract victory for the San Diego County Water Authority was the year's largest plaintiff's victory

Best Lawyers in America's Commercial Litigation category includes Christa Anderson, Jeffrey Chanin, Brian Ferrall, Stuart Gasner, Susan Harriman, Steve Hirsch, Christopher Kearney, Jan Nielsen Little, Laurie Mims and Elliot Peters.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters represents plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of commercial disputes. This representation includes federal and state court litigation, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals.

Recognitions

Chambers' Commercial Litigation rankings list Keker, Van Nest & Peters as a Band 1 firm in California, and John Keker and Robert Van Nest as two of the state's top commercial litigators.

Our 2015 breach of contract victory for the San Diego County Water Authority was the year's largest plaintiff's victory

Best Lawyers in America's Commercial Litigation category includes Christa Anderson, Jeffrey Chanin, Brian Ferrall, Stuart Gasner, Susan Harriman, Steve Hirsch, Christopher Kearney, Jan Nielsen Little, Laurie Mims and Elliot Peters.

Christa Anderson and Rachael Meny Named Women Leaders in Tech Law.

09/26/2016

Ms. Anderson and Ms. Meny represent the who's who of San Francisco Bay Area technology companies. Read more

Rachael Meny Named Top Labor & Employment Lawyer

07/20/2016

With cutting-edge clients like Lyft Inc., Google Inc. and Netflix Inc., much of Meny’s work focuses on how traditional employment agreements and job classifications apply to 21st century businesses. Read more

Adam Lauridsen Named Rising Star

05/02/2016

Mr. Lauridsen blends enthusiasm for sports with sophistication of sports law, tackling landmark cases involving Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, franchise relocations and First Amendment disputes, landing him a spot on Law360's list of top attorneys under age 40 Read more

Jan Nielsen Little and Susan Harriman featured in the Daily Journal’s List of Top Women Lawyers

04/20/2016

Ms. Little was recognized for standing between clients and the court of public opinion. Ms. Harris was applauded for her ability to break down the most complex legal issues into very precise slices, making the case easier for a judge and jury to digest. Read more

Victories for Instacart, Qualcomm, and the San Diego County Water Authority Earn Recognition in the Recorder's Litigation Department of the Year Awards

02/26/2016

The awards recognize California litigation practices that delivered exceptional results on their clients' most critical and challenging matters. Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Wins California's Top Plaintiff's Verdict by Dollar

02/16/2016

John Keker and his team brought in nearly $235 million for the San Diego County Water Authority. The big win was a key installment in California's ongoing water wars, made increasingly urgent by four dry years. Read more

Printing 3D Medical Devices Comes With Substantial Liability Risk

12/01/2015

Paven Malhotra spoke to Healthcare Risk Management about the potential liability of using 3D printing to create models and even surgical devices that are otherwise unavailable. Read more

Ashok Ramani and His Team Score Win for Caviar in Independent Contractor Case

11/16/2015

Restaurant delivery app Caviar Inc. won't have to defend its use of independent contractors in court, a federal judge ruled Monday, steering claims against the company into arbitration. Read more

Winning: A Special Report: Keker & Van Nest

11/02/2015

The National Law Journal profiled John Keker's recent win for the San Diego County Water Authority. Read more

$44M Awarded in Water Case - Damages Follow $188M Ruling in Suit Over Rates

10/13/2015

John Keker, Dan Purcell and their team secured another victory for the San Diego County Water Authority. Read more

American Health Lawyers Association Fraud and Compliance Forum

9/27/2015-9/29/2015

Faculty member Ben Berkowitz will present "Defending FCA Lawsuits Based on the “Swapping” Theory of Anti-Kickback Liability." Read more

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Rachael Meny, Keker & Van Nest

09/25/2015

Ms. Meny handles ground-breaking litigation for Lyft, Inc., Netflix, Google and Instacart. Read more

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Christa Anderson, Keker & Van Nest

09/23/2015

Ms. Anderson handles complex and high-stakes business litigation for Google, SanDisk, Broadcom, Intel, and other top corporations. Read more

San Diego Owed $188M Over Alleged Water Row Overcharges

07/17/2015

John Keker and his team win a major victory for the San Diego region. Read more

Caviar Turns To Keker Team in Courier Class Action

05/14/2015

Partners R. James Slaughter, Ashok Ramani and Simona Agnolucci will help the restaurant-delivery app fend off claims it misclassified workers as independent contractors. Read more

Genentech and Novartis Escape FCA Suit Over Xolair Marketing

03/18/2015

Elliot Peters and David Silbert protect Genentech from a False Claims Act lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court. Read more

International Cycling Federation Releases Cycling-Independent Commission Report

03/09/2015

Lance Armstrong and his attorney Elliot Peters comment on the report. Read more

Community Health Pays $75M To End Whistleblower FCA Suit

02/02/2015

KVN represented whistleblower Robert C. Baker, who alleged Tennessee-based CHS violated the False Claims Act by presenting fraudulent claims for federal matching Medicaid funds. Read more

How To Survive a Lawsuit

01/16/2015

While many suits against entrepreneurs can never be foreseen, you can take steps now to protect yourself when waters are calm. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Named Top Litigation Boutique

10/15/2014

One name mentioned by virtually everyone the Daily Journal spoke to was Keker & Van Nest. Lawyers at some of the best firms in California said they model themselves after the litigation powerhouse. Read more

When Venture Investors and Companies Clash

09/04/2014

Stuart Gasner speaks about when the relationship between venture capital funds and the companies in which they invest unravels. Read more

Venture Capital Firm Liable For "Aiding And Abetting" Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

07/30/2014

Stuart Gasner discusses a recent California Court of Appeals case which underscores the dangers that await venture capital firms which fund companies in the midst of internal disputes. Read more

Heller Ehrman Objections To Costs In Clawback Suits Tossed

07/28/2014

Steve Hirsch and Steven Ragland win another victory on behalf of Davis Wright Tremaine and Foley & Lardner. Read more

Jan Nielsen Little and Susan Harriman Named Two of California's Top Women Lawyers

05/07/2014

Ms. Little was recognized for handling prestigious white collar litigation, and Ms. Harriman for defeating a high-stakes copyright case. Read more

In Late Game Upset, EA Wins Copyright Dispute Over Madden Football

01/22/2014

In a stunning order, Breyer entered judgment for Electronic Arts in a dispute with video game designer Robin Antonick, who had accused the company of cheating him out of royalties for the wildly popular Madden Football series. Read more

Keker Team Won a $1 Billion Bet for McKesson

08/12/2013

Jeff Chanin and David Silbert overcame tough odds and high financial stakes to prove their client was innocent of kickback charges. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Jury Verdict for Paramedics Plus

06/28/2013

Christa Anderson and her team's jury verdict helps Paramedics Plus retain their emergency transportation contract in Alameda County. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Unanimous Jury Verdict, Preserves Healthy Competition in California

06/21/2013

The case concerned California’s Predatory Pricing Statute (Business & Professions Code § 17043). Read more

John Keker Named One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

03/25/2013

The National Law Journal describes Mr. Keker as "among the most sought-after trial lawyers in the country. Read more

Ten Best Habits to Avoid Malpractice

12/11/2012

Susan Harriman will speak before the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Revance Therapeutics Regain All Worldwide Rights to Its Botulinum Toxin Products

10/08/2012

Stuart Gasner and Laurie Mims represented Revance, a biotechnology company which develops next-generation dermatology products and therapeutic medicines, in a Delaware Chancery Court bench trial. Read more

23 Keker & Van Nest Attorneys Named "Best Lawyers"

08/28/2012

The firm receives top rankings for bet-the-company, intellectual property, criminal defense, securities, commercial, legal malpractice, and appellate litigation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Top Rankings from Chambers

06/08/2012

Listed as Band 1 attorneys in white collar, commercial litigation and intellectual property. Read more

Second Major Victory in $20 Million Suit Over Lehman Bankruptcy

11/12/2011

After convincing the judge to dismiss the plaintiffs' initial complaint, Keker & Van Nest has won a second dismissal, thereby protecting San Mateo County and its former treasurer from a $20 million civil suit. Read more

17 Partners Selected for 2012 Best Lawyers in America

09/01/2011

Keker & Van Nest partners were recognized in more than ten categories, including bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense, and intellectual property litigation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Secures Dismissal of $20 Million Suit Against San Mateo County

06/17/2011

Stuart Gasner, Michael Celio and Ajay Krishnan win the dismissal of a suit connected to the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Read more

Stuart Gasner & His Team Defend San Mateo County in Battle Over Lehman Losses

12/24/2010

Mr. Gasner, Mr. Celio and Mr. Krishnan defend San Mateo county and its treasurer from claims made by twelve school districts and the county office of education over Lehman losses. Read more

Top Defense Verdicts - Alameda County Relies on Keker & Van Nest for Land Use

02/06/2008

Keker & Van Nest defended a California county against claims that its land use decision regarding a Christian school violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Read more

Google Hires John Keker to Handle Lawsuit Filed by Microsoft

08/26/2005

In its fight with Microsoft over an executive's defection, Google has enlisted attorneys from Keker & Van Nest. Read more