Keith Dutill is a trial lawyer with a national practice focused on securities, intellectual property and complex commercial disputes. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been consistently listed by The Best Lawyers in America for securities, intellectual property and commercial litigation. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has identified him as a leader in commercial litigation in Pennsylvania and as “particularly well known for his work in the financial services arena.”
Keith has tried more than 50 cases to conclusion. He has successfully defended both public and private companies in jury trials involving claims ranging from antitrust violations to theft of trade secrets. When his business clients have sued as plaintiffs, he has won verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 million on seven separate occasions, recovering more than $100 million in the aggregate for his clients.
Keith’s current engagements include prosecuting the claims of mutual funds as opt-out plaintiffs in a securities fraud case against Petrobras, representing independent directors of mutual funds in litigation under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act, and defending investors victimized by a Philadelphia Ponzi scheme. In 2014, he won a seven-figure jury verdict in a bank fraud case in the Eastern District of Virginia and secured a summary dismissal in the Southern District of New York of all claims related to auction rate preferred share redemptions on behalf of two mutual funds. Within the last five years he has successfully prosecuted the claims of opt-out mutual funds damaged by the $1 billion fraud at India’s Satyam Computer Services, defended a publicly traded Swiss electronics company against patent infringement claims, and defeated on summary judgment a $550 million claim against a public company. From 2006 to 2008 he served as lead counsel to a court-appointed receiver and recovered $75 million for defrauded institutional investors following the collapse of a Cayman Islands hedge fund.
His wins include the largest punitive damages verdict ever in a business case in one suburban Philadelphia county, and the complete exoneration of a national broker-dealer following a federal jury trial and appeal in a collective action securities fraud case. He has defended independent directors and protected the interests of investors and businesses in state and federal courts across the country. He has also defended clients in the securities and mutual fund industries before government agencies and self-regulatory organizations.
Keith co-chaired the Trial Practice Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation from 1997 to 2000 and co-chaired the ABA Committee responsible for national training programs for trial lawyers in 2001. He has taught trial advocacy skills to lawyers in seminars and workshops across the country.