William P. Keith, Shareholder

(619) 209-3053 direct
(619) 209-3000 main
keith@dsmw.com
101 West Broadway, Suite 1700
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 209-3043 fax

Bill Keith practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation, securities, employment, real property, and maritime disputes. He has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict at trial, both as lead counsel and as member of trial teams.  Bill is rated as "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell and has been has been recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Top Lawyer.

Bill's business litigation practice encompasses disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breaches of fiduciary duty, and partnership disputes. 

A substantial part of Bill's practice involves the representation of financial advisors, Registered Investment Advisors, broker-dealers, and investors.  He has litigated securities matters involving the trading and investment practices, the Broker Protocol, and securities industry privacy regulations.

In his employment practice, Bill primarily represents employers in matters involving retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing.  Bill also handles wage and hour disputes, particularly in the area of misclassification of employees and independent contractors.

Bill's volunteer work includes acting as pro bono counsel in connection with San Diego’s Casa Cornelia Law Center.  In 2017, he successfully represented a journalist seeking asylum in the United States after the client was forced to flee his Central American country on account of state-sponsored persecution.

Bill has published articles on trade secrets, securities industry matters, and employment issues.

 

Florida State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2008

  • Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, member
  • Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, member
  • Outstanding Subciter Award 2006-2007
  • Book Awards: Constitutional Law I, Admiralty Law, Florida Administrative Practice

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Business Administration, 2004

State Bar of California

San Diego County Bar Association 

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Admitted to practice in the Southern District of California

The Florida Bar

Admitted to practice in the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

 


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