Jennifer L. Keller

Jennifer L. Keller


Keller/Anderle LLP

Recognized since 2005

Irvine, California

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Litigation - Intellectual Property

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Trials
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Securities Litigation

EXPERIENCE

Jennifer is one of America’s most successful trial attorneys. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of high-stakes commercial litigation and white collar cases. Chambers USA and Chambers Global rank her among the top commercial litigators in the nation, quoting sources who describe Jennifer as “the consummate trial lawyer,” “brilliant, hard-working and a true problem-solver,” and “widely regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in California.” She is a Fellow of the invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers, considered to be among the highest honors a North American trial attorney can receive. Jennifer is also a 2018 inductee into the California Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, one of only 33 attorneys so honored throughout the years. Benchmark Litigation lists her as one of the “Top 100 Trial Attorneys in America” and among the “Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California,” calling her a “National Litigation Star.” In 2020 and in 2021, Super Lawyers ranked Jennifer #1 in Southern California. “Revered for her versatility and ease in front of a jury … the go-to trial attorney for difficult cases” is how Jennifer is described by The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, ranking her as a “Top 100 Lawyer in California” for over 10 years in a row. In three separate years, in starkly different subjects, Jennifer’s trial victories have led to California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) awards.

Jennifer made a last-minute entrance as lead counsel for MGA Entertainment in the 2011 retrial of Mattel v. MGA, the epic doll battle popularly known as “Barbie v. Bratz.” Coming into the four-month jury trial just twelve days before jury selection, Jennifer captained MGA to a win Reuters called “an astonishing loss” for Mattel and the L.A. Times deemed “a stunning reversal of fortune” for MGA. The jury found Mattel had no rights to the Bratz doll line and awarded MGA $85 million in damages for theft of its own trade secrets, to which the judge added $85 million in punitive damages. (While the damages judgment was reversed on appeal, MGA’s $139 million attorneys’ fee award stands.)

Just two years earlier Jennifer won California’s largest business jury verdict of 2009 with $350 million awarded to her venture capitalist client in Auerbach v. Daily. Recently she represented Standard & Poors in United States v. The McGraw-Hill Companies, the government’s civil suit claiming S&P inflated the value of certain mortgage-backed securities. Jennifer was selected as one of S&P’s three trial attorneys. The case settled in 2015 for over $1 billion.

In 2018 Jennifer won two landmark jury verdicts in different areas, each of which was named a “Top Defense Verdict” by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. For one of them, Yellowstone Women’s First Step House v. Costa Mesa, Jennifer won her third CLAY Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year). In the other, Chavez et al cv. MassMutual Life Insurance Co., she also won a CVN “Top Verdicts” award. In 2017 Jennifer as co-lead counsel got a not guilty verdict for her developer client Jeffrey Burum after nine months of jury trial in what the California Attorney General called “the largest corruption case in the history of San Bernardino, and possibly California.” The jury was out a little more than two hours before acquitting Mr. Burum of all charges.

Jennifer is listed annually in “The Best Lawyers in America®” and is among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In 2019, 2018 and 2012, California Lawyer Magazine named her a “California Attorney of the Year” for extraordinary achievements in litigation. She appears routinely in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers. Jennifer is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only organization limited to the top one-half of one percent of the nation’s attorneys.

Jennifer is also active in the community. She is the former President of the Orange County Bar Association and serves as a Trustee of Chapman University. She counts as present and former clients judges, public officials, law enforcement officers, CEOs, CFOs, lawyers, physicians, professional athletes, entertainment industry executives, actors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Jennifer’s past and present institutional clients have included Fortune 100 corporations, other publicly-traded corporations, and large privately-held companies.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • The Rutter Group/California Judges’ Association “Examining Trial Issues from A to Z: The Masters’ Perspective,” Professional Witnesses Take the Stand: Admissibility Issues After Sargon and Sanchez, panel with Justice Justice Halim Dhanidina, Dana Alden Fox and Judge Michelle Williams Court (February 2020)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, 15th General Counsel Institute, “Eliminating Bias and Leveraging Diversity: Lessons for Lawyers from War and Diplomacy,” panel with Nahal Kazemi (November 7, 2019, New York, NY)
  • California Lawyers Association annual meeting, “Being Human in Trial: Establishing a Relationship with Your Jurors,” “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame” series (October 10, 2019, Monterey, CA)
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ (NAMWOLF) Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo, “Shark Tank: Sink or Swim at Trial ,” (September 24, 2019, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Primer for Successful Litigation Management: “10 Ways Experienced Trial Counsel Can Help Your Company Obtain an Optimal and Efficient Settlement Without Going to Trial,” panel with Cheryl Diaz, Samuel N. Shapiro and Maureen Watson (May 16, 2019, Denver, CO)
  • Federal Bar Association of Orange County, Annual Civil Practice Seminar, “Trials and Error: Keys to Success and Avoiding Pitfalls at Trial,” panelist with Judge Josephine Staton, Chris Arledge and Kenneth Parker (May 14, 2019, Santa Ana, CA)
  • Banyard Inn of Court, “The Colonies Corruption Trial,” Costa Mesa, CA (03/28/2018)
  • The Rutter Group/California Judges’ Association “Annual Advanced Civil Procedure Seminar,” e-discovery panel with Magistrate Judge Steve Kim, Orange County Superior Court Judge Glenda Sanders and attorney Bart Williams, Los Angeles, CA (02/10/2018)
  • Orange County Business Litigation Section, “Santa Claus on Trial,” Ms. Keller successfully defended Santa against claims of fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and trespassing brought by a disgruntled child and his mother after the child did not receive the gift he claimed Santa had promised him, and the mother claimed damage to her roof from Santa’s sled. The plaintiffs were represented by attorney Daniel Callahan. Newport Beach, CA (12/02/2016)
  • Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, “Masters Panel” on damages, featuring Jennifer Keller, Mark Robinson, Wylie Aitken and Tom Girardi. Ms. Keller’s topic was “Damages In The Plaintiff Business Case – “Humanizing” Your Company.” Omni Rancho Las Palmas Res

Contact & Links

Location

  • 18300 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 930
    Irvine, CA 92612-1057

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., graduated 1975
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law , J.D., graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978

Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Association - President (1996); Officer (1993-1997); Board of Directors (1991-93), Member (present)
  • Governor Gavin Newsom’s Judicial Selection Advisory Committee for Orange County - Member
  • UC Hastings College of the Law Foundation - Trustee (2012-2017)
  • OC Chapter of Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Orange County Asian American Bar Association - Member
  • UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association - Board of Governors (2010-2012)
  • Chapman University School of Law - Dean's Board of Advisors (1995-2013)
  • Chancery Club of Los Angeles - Member, invitation only (2015-present)
  • State Bar of California - Board of Legal Specialization, Commissioner (2002-2005)
  • State Bar of California - Board of Legal Specialization, Criminal Law Advisory Commission Chair (1993-94), Vice-Chair (1992-93) and Commissioner (1990-92)
  • 9th Circuit Judicial Conference - Lawyer Representative
  • Public Law Center of Orange County - Board of Directors (1995-2000)
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice - Board of Governors
  • American Inns of Court, William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn - Master Bencher
  • State Bar of California Department of Legal Specialization - Certified Specialist in Criminal Law (9-13-85)

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • District of Arizona

State Clerkships

  • California - Intermediate Appellate Courts

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Orange County (2022)
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice, Orange County (2018)
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Orange County (2017)
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice, Orange County (2016)
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice, Orange County (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Special Focus

  • Trials

Awards:

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • California Lawyers Association “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame”
  • Benchmark Litigation “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” (2020, 2018, 2019), “The Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California” (2020, 2019)
  • The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2012-2020)
  • Chambers USA, recommended in General Commercial Litigation, Band 2, both USA and California
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top 1/2 of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)
  • Benchmark Litigation “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • California Lawyer Magazine CLAY Award (California Lawyers of the Year), Municipal Law (2019), White Collar Criminal Defense (2018), Intellectual Property Litigation (2012)
  • Orange County Business Journal, “OC 500 Directory of Influence” (2019)
  • The San Francisco Recorder, Attorneys of the Year (2012)
  • The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “The Top 100 Lawyers in California,” (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, Editors’ Pick 2001)
  • The National Law Journal, Annual "Winning" Edition (2012)
  • The National Trial Lawyers, "The Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California" (2008-2014)
  • The Best Lawyers In America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith (2004-2020 eds.); Orange County Lawyer of the Year – Criminal Defense (2013); Orange County Lawyer of the Year – White Collar Criminal Defense (2017); bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and white collar criminal defense
  • Los Angeles Magazine, “Southern California Super Lawyers”: Ranked #1 Super Lawyers Southern California (2020); Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers (2018-2019), Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers (2016-2019), “Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers” (13 times), “Top 50 Southern California Women Super Lawyers” (11 times); “Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal Defense” (2006-2019)
  • The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “California’s Top Women Lawyers” (2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2002)
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Orange Coast Magazine, "The Best Lawyers in Orange County" (2004-2014)
  • OC Metro Magazine, "Orange County's Top Attorneys" (2008-2012)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Business Litigation Trial Lawyer of the Year (2010)
  • Orange County Women Lawyers, Attorney of the Year (2003)
  • Anti-Defamation League of Orange County & Long Beach, Jurisprudence Award (2001)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year (2000)
  • Public Law Center of Orange County, Attorney of the Year (1996)
  • The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, Lawyer of the Year (1983)
  • State Bar of California, Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Service (1998)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated since 1983. Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

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Jennifer L. Keller of Keller/Anderle LLP is one of America's most successful trial attorneys. With a career built on representing General Counsel and Fortune 500/1000 companies in high-stakes commercial litigation and white collar cases, she is widely regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in California.

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