John Keker

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2008, 3:40pm

-Founded Keker & Van Nest in 1978 with law school classmate Bill Brockett.

-Princeton University (1965); Yale Law School (J.D. 1970).

-Served in U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam until wounded.

-Inducted to California State Bar's Litigation Hall of Fame in 2002.

-Lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Oliver North in 1989.

-Won $300 million verdict for Genentech against Chiron in 2002 patent dispute.

-In 2001 California Lawyer survey, was the lawyer most attorneys said they would hire if in trouble.

-Member of Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' defense team.

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