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.

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.

Law360 California Powerhouse: Keker Van Nest & Peters

October 06, 2017

Longtime California trial staple Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP found success for a wide range of clients this year, winning a nationwide injunction against a presidential executive order, defending Arista Networks in a groundbreaking copyright suit and resolving a feud between two prominent San Francisco philanthropists. Read more

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Community Health Pays $75M To End Whistleblower FCA Suit


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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.