Mr Christopher J. Keller > Labaton Sucharow LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Labaton Sucharow LLP
140 BROADWAY
NEW YORK, NY 10005
United States

Work Department

Securities Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Christopher J. Keller focuses on complex securities litigation cases. His clients are institutional investors, including some of the world’s largest public and private pension funds with tens of billions of dollars under management.

Chris has been instrumental in the Firm’s appointments as lead counsel in some of the largest securities matters arising out of the financial crisis, such as actions against Goldman Sachs, Countrywide ($624 million settlement) and Bear Stearns ($275 million settlement with Bear Stearns Companies, plus a $19.9 million settlement with Deloitte & Touche LLP, Bear Stearns’ outside auditor). Chris has also been integral in the prosecution of traditional fraud cases such as In re Schering-Plough Corporation / ENHANCE Securities Litigation; In re Massey Energy Co. Securities Litigation, where the Firm obtained a $265 million all-cash settlement with Alpha Natural Resources, Massey’s parent company; as well as In re Satyam Computer Services, Ltd. Securities Litigation, where the Firm obtained a settlement of more than $150 million. Chris was also a principal litigator on the trial team of In re Real Estate Associates Limited Partnership Litigation. The six-week jury trial resulted in a $184 million plaintiffs’ verdict, one of the largest jury verdicts since the passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

In addition to his active caseload, Chris holds a variety of leadership positions within the Firm, including serving on the Firm’s Executive Committee. In response to the evolving needs of clients, Chris also established, and currently leads, the Case Evaluation Group, which is composed of attorneys, in-house investigators, financial analysts, and forensic accountants. The group is responsible for evaluating clients’ financial losses and analyzing their potential legal claims both in and outside of the U.S. and tracking trends that are of potential concern to investors.

Memberships

He is a member of several professional groups, including the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association. In 2017, he was appointed to the New York City Bar Fund Board of Directors. The City Bar Fund is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) arm of the New York City Bar Association aimed at engaging and supporting the legal profession in advancing social justice. 

Education

St. John’s University School of Law
J.D., 1997

Adelphi University
B.S., 1993

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - plaintiff

Labaton Sucharow LLP in New York has ‘deep knowledge of the space and works hard to ensure the client is up to speed on all matters, particularly when the client is acting as lead plaintiff‘. The firm secured several high-value recoveries in 2018 and was appointed as lead counsel in 15 cases. It also has a strong pipeline of high-profile ongoing matters, and scored significant victories in direct actions and whistleblower cases leading to securities litigation. Thomas Dubbs is the key partner and has more than 35 years’ experience in the market. He represented Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii in a $3bn case against Petrobras, helping class counsel to defeat three motions to dismiss. Chair of the litigation practice Jonathan Gardner acted for the same client in achieving preliminary approval of a $42.5m settlement in a class action against Intuitive Surgical, which centered on the alleged concealment of violations of FDA regulations and a defect in its da Vinci Surgical System. Rising star Carol Villegas helps clients to ‘better understand the process and how to value a case‘. Newly promoted co-chairman of the firm Christopher Keller is also recommended. Clients describe Mark Willis in Washington DC as ‘very approachable – he provides helpful and unique insight to complex matters‘.