Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Michael C. Keats has joined the Firm as a partner in the Litigation Department, resident in New York.
Mr. Keats has experience representing broker-dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, commodities firms, commercial banks, and other institutions in civil securities litigation and regulatory enforcement matters throughout the United States. Over the years, he has represented high-profile clients in commercial, entertainment, and intellectual property litigation and was at the forefront of defining copyright law on the Internet as one of the lead counsel in the Napster copyright litigation.
“The expertise Michael has built over the last 20 years is exceptionally diversified and of the highest caliber,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “He is a great addition to the Litigation Department and I am thrilled to welcome him to the Firm.”
Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Keats was co-head of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's financial services litigation and enforcement practice. He also has experience working in-house at Goldman Sachs, where he served as a managing director of its litigation and regulatory proceedings group for five years. During his time at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Keats handled major regulatory and litigation matters during a period of extraordinary market upheaval and regulatory change. Early in his career, Mr. Keats clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
“Michael's established securities litigation and regulatory proceedings background is another step towards our continued focus on growing our Litigation Department,” added James D. Wareham, global chair of the Firm's Litigation Department. “We are pleased to welcome him to the team.”
“Michael's experience litigating the various legal disciplines affecting financial institutions further strengthens our offerings to clients,” added Steven M. Witzel, head of the Firm's White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice. “We look forward to working with Michael.”
Mr. Keats earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, where he was editor of the Boston University Law Review, and his MA and BA, cum laude, from Brandeis University.
Mr. Keats' arrival follows that of former federal prosecutor Una A. Dean, who in December joined the Litigation Department as a partner in the White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice.