Keith is dual-qualified as a United States (California & New York) attorney and Solicitor of England and Wales. Keith’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including international arbitration and dispute resolution, and providing outside counsel services to a variety of clients. Keith has also successfully represented several refugees on a pro bono basis in seeking asylum before the U.S. Immigration Courts. Keith also serves as a temporary judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Keith’s litigation background has included represented a diverse group of clients in a wide spectrum of disputes including contract disputes, trade secrets, copyright and trademark, fraud, civil RICO, personal injury claims, and financial services litigation.
Keith also regularly advises companies of various sizes as outside counsel on such issues as contract negotiations, employment law, anti-corruption laws, insurance issues, international law, and due diligence investigations. Keith also advises craft breweries and wineries on issues relating to California and federal alcohol laws.
Keith has regularly represented and/or advised clients in disputes pending before various international arbitration forums, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).
Keith lives in Camarillo with his wife and three children and is active in the local community. Most recently, Keith has served on the board of directors of the local AYSO soccer region and regularly referees in the region. Keith also serves as an alternate on the Pleasant Valley School District’s Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Keith has also served as a coach of the UCLA Mock Trial Team, including during their 2004 and 2011 National Championship seasons, and helps judge college and high school mock trial competition in the area.
While in law school, Keith participated in a prestigious externship with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania. The tribunal was tasked with the adjudication of war crimes charges against the alleged perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Keith also manages the general interest blog https://venturalaw.blog/ and the special interest blogs https://intlarbitration.com/ and https://wine-brew-law.com/.
Prior to joining Nelson Comis Kettle & Kinney LLP, Keith worked with two large international law firms based in Los Angeles.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|W. Ward Reynoldson Award||American Mock Trial Association||2011|
|Dean's List||University of Minnesota Law School||2006|
|Top Mock Trial Attorney||UCLA School of Law||2006|
|Best Attorney - Regional||American Mock Trial Association||2003|
|Attorney at Law | Solicitor||Lee Hong Degerman Kang & Waimey||2011 - 2020|
|Attorney at Law||McDermott Will & Emery||2008 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California International Arbitration Council||Board of Directors; Membership Committee Co-Chair||2019 - Present|
|Ventura County Bar Association||N/A||2017 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section||N/A||2016 - Present|
|AYSO - Region 68||Board of Directors; Spring League Director; Referee Staff||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of California||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Citations (VCBA)||Be Sure To Drive On The Left Side Of The Road, but Jaywalking is OK||2020|
|Ventura County Legal Blog||Supreme Court Confirms Civil Rights Act Applies to LGBTQ Status||2020|
|Int'l Arbitration Blawg||U.S. Supreme Court Allows Equitable Estoppel to Compel Agreement||2020|
|Int'l Arbitration Blawg||English Court Clarifies How to Determine Law of Arb Agreement||2020|
|Wine & Brews Legal Blog||Will Force Majeure Apply to your Contract Because of COVID-19?||2020|
|Wine & Brews Legal Blog||Interesting Case Study of Beer Label Trademark Protections||2019|
|Wine & Brews Legal Blog||State Powers to Restrict Alcohol Licenses Limited by Constitution||2019|
|Lexology||U.S. Supreme Court Rules Arbitration Clauses May Waive Class Action Rights||2011|
|Univ Of California At Los Angeles||N/A||N/A|
|Benefits of Arbitration||California is Open for Business for International Arbitrations: The Passage of SB 766 and Its Impact on International Arbitration Proceedings in California||2018|
|Presentation to MOJ Interns||Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments in the United States||2018|
|U.S. Visit of Korea Ministry of Justice Interns||California Civil Litigation: Law and Motion Practice||2018|
|American Bar Association, International Law Section Seoul 2018 Conference||Remedies Available in International Arbitration||2018|
|U.S. Visit of Korea Ministry of Justice Interns||California Civil Litigation: Law and Motion Practice||2016|
|$161 Million Judgment in Complex Fraud Case||$161 Million Judgment|
|Asylum Granted||Asylum Application Granted|
|Enforcement of $71 Million Judgment||Judgment Entered|
|Bank Fraud||Favorable settlement|
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Mon Jun 15 2020
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