Professional Liability

For more than 30 years, we have been a “go to” firm for legal practices and lawyers facing substantial liability from claims of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and malicious prosecution in California and throughout the country. We also have an impressive track record of successfully representing accounting firms accused of professional negligence.

Although we are able to resolve most claims involving lawyers or accountants out of court, some do make it to trial. We have extensive experience in state and federal courts around the country. That trial expertise, coupled with our experience handling complex civil and criminal matters, gives Keker, Van Nest & Peters a unique advantage when representing lawyers, law firms, and accounting firms. In short, we have achieved extraordinary results for these clients.

When other lawyers and professionals turn to us for representation, we appreciate the necessity to act quickly and discreetly to defend them in the court of law and the court of public opinion.

Recognitions

Keker, Van Nest & Peters is ranked as a Tier 1 firm in Best Lawyers' national law firm rankings.

Susan Harriman was named the 2012 "Lawyer of the Year" for Legal Malpractice.

The Recorder named Elliot Peters a 2010 Attorney of the Year, highlighting his work on behalf of an AmLaw 100 firm.

Susan Harriman, Elliot Peters and Robert Van Nest have been honored for their work in Legal Malpractice Law by The Best Lawyers in America.

For more than 30 years, we have been a “go to” firm for legal practices and lawyers facing substantial liability from claims of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and malicious prosecution in California and throughout the country. We also have an impressive track record of successfully representing accounting firms accused of professional negligence.

Although we are able to resolve most claims involving lawyers or accountants out of court, some do make it to trial. We have extensive experience in state and federal courts around the country. That trial expertise, coupled with our experience handling complex civil and criminal matters, gives Keker, Van Nest & Peters a unique advantage when representing lawyers, law firms, and accounting firms. In short, we have achieved extraordinary results for these clients.

When other lawyers and professionals turn to us for representation, we appreciate the necessity to act quickly and discreetly to defend them in the court of law and the court of public opinion.

Recognitions

Keker, Van Nest & Peters is ranked as a Tier 1 firm in Best Lawyers' national law firm rankings.

Susan Harriman was named the 2012 "Lawyer of the Year" for Legal Malpractice.

The Recorder named Elliot Peters a 2010 Attorney of the Year, highlighting his work on behalf of an AmLaw 100 firm.

Susan Harriman, Elliot Peters and Robert Van Nest have been honored for their work in Legal Malpractice Law by The Best Lawyers in America.

2015 ALAS Regional Loss Prevention Conference

05/07/2015

Keker & Van Nest will host the conference, “Real Claims—Hard Lessons,” which will focus on three new recent ALAS claims. Read more

California Lawyer Names Steve Hirsch One of the Attorneys of the Year

03/02/2015

Steve Hirsch earned the prestigious CLAY award by winning a federal court judgment in the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy that makes it easier for clients to hire lawyers and for lawyers to switch firms. 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

Don't Fear The Courtroom When Fighting Malpractice

09/12/2014

Elliot Peters told attendees at the American Bar Association’s National Legal Malpractice Conference that law firms there are some instances when they should insist on their day in court. Read more

National Legal Malpractice Conference

09/12/2014

Elliot Peters will serve on the "Identification and Management of Cases Almost Certainly Destined for Trial" panel. Read more

Steve Hirsch and Steven Ragland Convince Judge to Reject 'Jewel' Doctrine in Heller Case

06/11/2014

A federal judge ruled the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy estate has no claim to profits earned from client business former partners brought with them to new law firms. Read more

5 Tips For New Partners To Avoid Malpractice Pitfalls

06/06/2013

Laurie Mims shares how partners should address their increased legal liability. Read more

Ethics for New Partners: Understanding Professional Liability Risks and Exposure

05/29/2013

Laurie Mims will speak at the American Bar Association program. 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

Practical Tips to Help Newer Lawyers Act Ethically and Avoid Liability

07/09/2012

Dan Purcell will present before the Bar Association of San Francisco. Mr. Purcell represents companies and individuals accused of professional misconduct, fraud, or racketeering. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Protects Accounting Firm from Hedge Fund Ponzi Suit

12/20/2011

Ben Hur and Chris Kearney knock down class certification, protecting their client from millions in damages. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Lawyer of the Year in IP, Patent, Legal Malpractice

10/04/2011

John Keker, Robert Van Nest and Susan Harriman win "Lawyer of the Year" for IP, Patent Litigation and Legal Malpractice respectively. Read more

Not Your Peers, But Your Judges: Jurors Tell All

09/15/2011

Susan Harriman will speak at the ABA's 2011 Fall National Legal Malpractice Conference, the preeminent forum on lawyers’ professional liability issues and developments. 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

Steven Ragland Squashes Malpractice Litigation

07/19/2011

For the third time in a row, Mr. Ragland has protected an AmLaw 100 law firm from malpractice litigation. Read more

Why Lawyers Get Sued (and How to Stay Out of Trouble)

06/07/2011

Daniel Purcell presents the steps every lawyer can take to reduce the risk of malpractice liability. Read more

Steven Ragland Secures Dismissal in Legal Malpractice Case

05/13/2011

Representing a prominent international law firm, Keker & Van Nest partner Steven Ragland convinced opposing counsel to drop the case. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Fends Off Malpractice Suit For Morgan Lewis

02/08/2011

Elliot Peters, Steven Ragland, Susan Harriman and John Trinidad use knowledge of the developing law involving malpractice claims against patent lawyers to win summary judgment. Read more