Bill Keith practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation, securities, employment, and real property. He has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict at trial, both as lead counsel and as a member of trial teams. Bill is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell and 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, and breaches of fiduciary duty. He also handles corporate 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 trading and investment practices, the Broker Protocol, and securities industry privacy regulations in FINRA arbitrations and in state and federal court.
In his employment practice, Bill primarily represents employers in matters involving wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing. Bill also handles wage and hour disputes, including disputes involving 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.
Honors & Awards
- San Diego Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2020
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated®
- Pro Bono Publico Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center, 2016
- Avvo Rating 10 of 10
Memberships & Community Involvement
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court (alumni)
- American Bar Association
- San Diego County Bar Association
Publications & Presentations
The Supreme Court Puts the Brakes on Disgorgement – Kokesh v. S.E.C., Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Vol. MMXVII No. 3, 2017
The New Era of Trade Secret Protection: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Vol. MMXVI No. 2, 2016
The Future of the No-Rehire Clause in Employment Settlement Agreements: An Analysis of Golden v. California Emergency Physicians Medical Group, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Vol. XXII No. 2, 2015
Motions for Sanctions: Riding the Storm, Co-author with J. Richard Caldwell, Jr., 59.2 FED’N DEF. & CORP. COUNS. Q. 167, 2009
Recent Developments, 22 FLA. ST. U. J. LAND USE & ENVTL. L. 139, 2006