Keith R. Dutill

Keith Dutill


Keith Dutill is a trial lawyer with a national practice focused on securities, intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. 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.” In recognition of his results in major patent cases, Best Lawyers selected Keith as its 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for intellectual property litigation in Philadelphia.

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 securities fraud and antitrust violations to patent infringement and 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 over $100 million in the aggregate for his clients.

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Representative Matters

  • representing more than 50 mutual funds and institutional investors as plaintiffs in securities fraud opt-out actions against Petrobras arising from the Brazilian oil industry giant’s long-running bribery and kickback scheme and overstatement of assets (click here for press report)
  • represented an insurance company in a fraud claim against a bank's former CFO; won a jury verdict in the Eastern District of Virginia (click here for press report)
  • defended a public Swiss electronics company in a patent infringement case involving high-speed logic circuits; case settled in District of Delaware
  • represented closed-end mutual funds in derivative litigation arising from redemption of auction-rate preferred shares; secured dismissal of all claims in Southern District of New York (click here for press report)
  • represented a patent owner in an infringement claim relating to the genetic cause of Alzheimer’s disease; case pending in Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • represented trustees for 20 mutual funds and other institutional investors damaged by $1 billion fraud at Satyam Computer Services; case settled in Southern District of New York (click here for press report)
  • prosecuted claims of receiver for more than 70 domestic and foreign institutional investors following the collapse of Philadelphia Alternative Asset Fund, Ltd., a Cayman hedge fund; recovered $75 million from futures commodities merchant just prior to the start of trial (click here for press report)
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • J.D., cum laude, Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Cornell University

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Past Co-Chair, Trial Practice Committee, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Past Co-Chair, CLE Committee, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee
  • Trial Evidence Committee, American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Historical Society
  • Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia
  • Institutional Investors Education Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member, Eastern University's Templeton Honors College


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Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "EU Considerations for U.S. Asset Managers," Investment Company Institute’s Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference
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  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Philadelphia Intellectual Property Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Chambers USA, Leader in Commercial Litigation in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
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