IRVINE, Calif., March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 20, 2018, Jennifer Keller, Stephen Larson and their trial team were honored with a California Lawyer Magazine CLAY Award – California Attorneys of the Year – for their successful defense of San Bernardino County developer Jeff Burum during a nine-month jury trial in 2017. (People v. Biane et al.) The case was jointly prosecuted by the California Attorney General and the San Bernardino County District Attorney. Then-Attorney General Jerry Brown had called it "The biggest corruption case in the history of San Bernardino County and possibly the State of California." The defense vigorously cross-examined the prosecution witnesses and rested without calling a single witness of its own. The jury was out for approximately two hours before returning a verdict of not guilty on all charges.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye presented the awards at the City Club in San Francisco. It was Keller's second CLAY Award. Her first, in 2012, honored her "extraordinary achievement in litigation" in 2011 -- a $170 million victory for her client MGA in MGA Entertainment v. Mattel, a case she had entered as lead counsel just 12 days before trial.
Jennifer L. Keller is one of California's premier trial lawyers. She has tried over 150 cases to jury verdict, ranging from complex civil matters — including business and intellectual property cases — to white collar to murder. She has received innumerable awards for excellence as a trial lawyer and excels at "bet the company" litigation. Ms. Keller is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, widely considered the most significant honor a trial attorney in North America can receive. She has been selected for the Benchmark Litigation "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America" and the "Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation." Ms. Keller is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only organization limited to the top one-half of one percent of the nation's attorneys.
About the firm: Keller/Anderle LLP is among the premier boutique trial firms in California, with a record second to none, and local, statewide and national recognition of the firm's success. The firm handles high-stakes litigation of all types.
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