Keker & Van Nest

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

Contact: Barbara Abulafia

  • (415) 391-5400

Strategies for Minimizing Risk of Privacy Class Actions

Businesses are increasingly facing class action lawsuits alleging they have violated someone’s privacy, including under state or U.S. laws. Most states have privacy statutes, including California with its Invasion of Privacy Act…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy

Justice System for White-Collar Defendants is Flawed Top to Bottom

I am not an expert by any means, but I was a prosecutor for four years, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Hawaii, and I have spent the rest of my 32-year career as a white-collar criminal defense and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

How is the Venture Community Affected by the Criminalization of Trade Secret Law Under the Economic Espionage Act?

It's a commonplace occurrence in Silicon Valley for skilled employees to move from one company to another, followed quickly by a civil trade secret lawsuit alleging that the employee stole trade secrets from his prior employer…more
| Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

3 E-discovery Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are supposed to be “construed and administered to secure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.” Yet, as anyone who has ever been tasked with handling…more
| Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Sued and Fighting Back

You finally figured out the product. You hired the right guys. You released your beta version to 10,000 users and the response has been off the charts. You’re about to close your third round of funding with a valuation you…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

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

A recent case in the California Court of Appeals underscores the dangers that await venture capital firms brave (or foolish) enough to fund companies in the midst of internal disputes. In American Master Lease LLC v Idanta…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property
Police Retirement Sys. V. Intuitive Surgical

Opinion

Keker & Van Nest attorneys Michael Celio and Cody Harris have secured a complete vindication for Intuitive Surgical Inc., a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge robotic surgery devices, from an aggressive securities class…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Do the Metes and Bounds of Patent Claims Limit Academic Freedom?

To decide whether patent law may limit academic freedom, consider three issues. First, whether the background rules of law provide protection for academics. Second, whether the areas covered by patents are of interest to them…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Education, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Judge Rules to Limit Mandatory Detention of Immigrants in California

On Thursday May 15, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted a motion for a preliminary injunction and motion for class certification in Preap v. Holder, a class…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Immigration Law

Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933: Unanswered Questions

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has increasingly relied on Section 17(a) of the 1933 Securities Act. Indeed, many of the cases the SEC has brought in the wake of the recent financial crisis have been…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

How Venture Capitalists Keep Attorneys' Fees Down

Venture capitalists are among my favorite clients. Whether the client is the firm or an individual or a portfolio company, they are often very good at keeping litigation costs down, relatively speaking. Here's how they do…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

You just got sued for patent infringement—now what? (Presentation)

In This Presentation: - Questions to answer when you get sued - Competitor v. NPE patentees - Who files more — NPEs or competitors? - Competitor suits - NPE Suits - Who wins more $$$ — competitors or NPEs? -…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

What To Do When Law Enforcement Knocks On The Door Of Your Portfolio Company With A Search Warrant

Most venture capitalists live in a world far removed from the world of law enforcement. Sure, many have read Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities," in which a Manhattan investment banker takes a wrong turn and ends up prosecuted…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

When Clones Attack: How to Protect Social/Mobile Games from Copying

The mobile gaming industry is experiencing an invasion of clones. While cloning has a long and varied history, it has become more prevalent with the explosion of social and mobile games. Take, for example, Words With Friends, a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Best Practices for Successful Collaboration

Originally published in Life Science Leader - July 2012. Although collaborations between companies are often neccessary to bring new drugs or devices to market, many such collaborations end in unexpected acrimony and…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts
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Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Securities Law
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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