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Legal Ethics Opinions Concerning In-House Corporate Counsel
Ethics Issues in Corporate Compliance (chapter 57)
Unique Dilemmas Facing Corporate Counsel: E-Ethics in Today's eDiscovery World (chapter 26)
New York
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-4039
Tel. +1.212.858.1604
Fax. +1.212.858.1500
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


David G. Keyko

David G. Keyko

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 defended clients in matters of allegations of securities or other types of fraud, antitrust violations, ethics issues, trusts and estates issues across the country, often involving insurance coverage issues. He has conducted internal investigations and represented clients responding to government probes.

Among his prominent cases are the representation of the primary claimant to a $1.5 billion estate in lawsuits filed in several jurisdictions; representing a plaintiff in a bench trial in federal court concerning a fraudulent scheme to finance the importation of coffee beans, which resulted in a $90 million judgment; and a jury trial in federal court concerning an alleged scheme to manipulate world-wide commodity prices.

Mr. Keyko was named the "New York City Best Lawyers Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. 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. He also is the past Chairman of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Representative Matters
Representative Securities Matters:
  • Representing media company in connection with restatement of financials.
  • Representing issuers in the securities laddering cases now pending in the Southern District of New York.
  • Defending a high tech company and officers with respect to securities claims in connection with the restatement of the company's financial statements.
  • Advising financial institutions about potential liabilities of their clients with respect to pending securities class actions.
  • Representing the trustee of a bankrupt company in connection with claims arising from the issuance of $100 million of high-yield notes.
  • Counseling a company in connection with allegations of insider trading of its securities.
  • Defended an international consumer products company in a class action involving its initial public offering.
  • Represented parties in takeover litigation with regard to securities issues.
  • Defended an industry association against charges of manipulating prices in connection with securities transfers.
  • Prosecuted a manufacturer's claims arising from sale of its Brazilian subsidiary for inflated securities.
  • Defended banks against proxy disclosure claims.
  • Representing a brokerage firm in an SEC investigation.

Representative Antitrust Matters:
  • Defending two foreign companies in connection with investigations and potential claims.
  • Defending a chemical company against price-fixing claims in federal and state courts.
  • Defended international paper manufacturer against claims of manipulation of world-wide prices of raw materials.
  • Represented luxury goods manufacturer in FTC pricing investigation.
  • Handled defense of pharmaceutical company in various FTC investigations concerning patent rights.
  • Counseled advertising agency in Justice Department grand jury price fixing investigation.
  • Defended ice cream manufacturer in dealer terminations lawsuits.

Representative Internal and Government Investigations:
  • Conducted internal investigations on accounting, bribery, insider trading and price fixing allegations.
  • Defended against SEC, Justice Department, FTC, and states attorneys general investigations.

Representative Class Action/Product Liability Cases:
  • Defending a manufacturer of generators from a product liability claim.
  • Prosecuting claims for utility companies in connection with the construction of a nuclear power plant.
  • Defending class action claims charging a financial services company with misleading its customers.
  • Overseeing the defense of product liability claims arising from the sale of prescription drugs.

Representative Law Firms Litigation:
  • Defended a law firm against claims of breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Defended a law firm in a legal malpractice suit.
  • Represented a law firm and its partners in disciplinary inquiries.
  • Defended a law firm against a lawsuit brought by a former partner.
  • Advised a law firm in connection with its dissolution.
  • Assisted a law firm in negotiating the terms of a merger with another law firm.
  • Served as an expert witness in connection with legal malpractice claims.
  • Assisted a law firm in revising its partnership agreement.
  • Provided advise to a law firm on conflict issues and represented it in connection with disqualification proceedings.

Representative Trust and Estates Litigation
  • Representing children in claims to multi-million dollar estates and trusts.
  • Representing an adopted daughter in her claims to her mother's $1.5 billion estate.
  • Defending a financial institution against charges that it mismanaged an estate.
  • Seeking recovery of $200 million looted from an estate.

Representative Insurance Recovery Matters
  • Representing a co-owner of the Macondo leasehold in litigation of insurance claims arising from the well blowout and Deepwater Horizon incident.
  • Representing a media company in seeking insurance coverage for antitrust liabilities.
  • Represented an industrial conglomerate in a $1.5 billion appeal to recover for asbestos liabilities under the company's CGL insurance policy.
  • Represented a financial institution in seeking coverage claims in connection with the importation of coffee under a marine insurance policy.
  • Represented an insurance company in litigation of insurance claims in connection with CGL policies.
  • Counseling clients on a variety of D&O insurance coverage issues.
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Securities (2007-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Ethics and Professional Responsibility — New York (2012)
  • Super Lawyers (2007-2011)

Chair of Practising Law Institute programs on:
  • Federal Pretrial Practice
  • Ethics for Corporate Lawyers
  • Ethics for New Lawyers
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