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    David G. Keyko

    David G. Keyko

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    David Keyko is a partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the New York office. His practice has focused on major, complex litigation, often involving multiple parties. He has handled cases involving allegations of securities or other types of fraud, antitrust violations, ethics issues and trusts and estates issues across the country, often involving insurance coverage issues. He has conducted internal investigations and represented clients responding to government probes. Trials include: representing a plaintiff in a four-week bench trial in federal court in New York concerning a fraudulent scheme to finance the importation of coffee beans, which resulted in a $90 million judgment; a five-week jury trial in federal court in New Jersey concerning an alleged scheme to manipulate world-wide commodity prices; and a four-month bench trial in federal court in Louisiana concerning the finances of a bankrupt oil and gas company. He has also served as an expert witness in connection with legal malpractice litigation. Among the prominent cases Mr. Keyko has handled was the representation of the primary claimant to a $1.5 billion estate in lawsuits filed in several jurisdictions.

    Mr. Keyko was named the "New York City Best Lawyers Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 and 2017. He has lectured and written widely on securities, antitrust, legal ethics and general litigation topics, and chairs PLI's programs on federal pretrial practice and ethics for corporate lawyers. He is a former columnist for the New York Law Journal and has written several dozen articles on litigation and ethics issues for such publications as the National Law Journal, and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, on whose advisory board Mr. Keyko served.

    Mr. Keyko has undertaken a variety of pro bono projects, including representing for over 20 years a death row inmate in Alabama asserting that the inmate is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted, serving as Chair of the Board of MFY Legal Services, Inc., and serving two terms as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the First Department. He was Chairman of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He chaired the ad hoc committee of the Association that commented on proposed SEC regulations under Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He is currently the chair of the Association's Legal Referral Service Committee and is a member of the Association's Professional and Judicial Ethics Committee.

    Mr. Keyko is a member of Pillsbury's Sarbanes-Oxley Committee, Opinions Committee and Professional Responsibility Committee. He is an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law.

    Honors & Awards
    • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Securities (2007-2017); Bet-the-Company Litigation (2007-2015)
    • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Ethics and Professional Responsibility — New York (2012, 2017)
    • Legal 500 US, Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions (2016)
    • American Bar Association, Commendation for Drafting Resolution for Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services (2016)
    • MFY Legal Services, Honoree for Pro Bono and Other Legal Contributions (2016)
    • Super Lawyers (2007-2015)

    Chair of Practising Law Institute programs on:

    • Federal Pretrial Practice
    • Ethics for Corporate Lawyers
    • Ethics for New Lawyers


    Courts of the State of New York; the Southern and Eastern Federal District Courts of New York; Federal District Court of Connecticut; United States Second Circuit Courts of Appeals; United States Third Circuit Courts of Appeals; United States Supreme Court

    Speaking Engagements

    “The Decade’s Most Important Ethics Opinions, an Ethics Quiz Show…or, When to Say Deal or No Deal,” Pillsbury’s 2016 CLE Marathon – Virginia, September 27, 2016

    State of New York
    J.D., New York University School of Law, 1977
    cum laude, Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
    B.A., Yale University, 1974
    magna cum laude

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