Keith R. Dutill

Keith Dutill


Keith Dutill is a trial lawyer with a national practice focused on high stakes litigation including securities fraud, investment management and intellectual property disputes. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been consistently listed by The Best Lawyers in America in multiple substantive litigation fields. 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.” 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. On the plaintiff’s side, he has recovered in excess of  $200 million in the aggregate for his clients. He has also 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.

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Representative Matters

  • prosecuting claims of mutual funds in securities fraud opt-out actions against Perrigo arising from statements made by Perrigo to fend off a hostile takeover attempt; case pending in the District of New Jersey
  • represented 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; case settled in Southern District of New York (click here for press report)
  • defended widow of prominent Philadelphia judge and political figure in undue influence case brought by heirs to the Dow Jones fortune; won at trial and affirmed on appeal
  • represented an fidelity carrier in fraud claim against a bank's former CFO; won a jury verdict in the Eastern District of Virginia  
  • defended a public Swiss electronics company in 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 New York state court (click here for press report)
  • represented trustees for 20 mutual funds and other institutional investors damaged by $1 billion fraud at Satyam Computer Services; opt-out case settled in Southern District of New York 
  • 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 in Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • represented mutual funds in litigation arising out of defaults in subprime collateralized debt obligations; case settled in Southern District of New York
  • prosecuted claims of prominent Philadelphia cancer hospital arising from licensing of proprietary genomic testing mechanism; case settled in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
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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


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Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Direct Litigation and Fund Boards: Priorities and Practices,” Burford Capital Securities Litigation Symposium
  • Panelist, “Investment Management Industry Regulatory Outlook & Insights,” Stradley Ronon and Thrivent
  • Panelist, “Funds and Shareholder Litigation: Policies, Procedures and Practices,” Investment Company Institute’s Investment Management Conference
  • Panelist, “Trends in Global Shareholder Litigation Affecting Mutual Funds,” Investment Company Institute’s Mutual Fund and Investment Management Conference
  • Moderator, “How are Institutional Investors Coping with the Growing Global Litigation Challenge?” Institutional Investors Forums Litigation & Governance Trends for Asset Management Firms Conference
  • Presenter, “Independent Directors Council Webinar: Fund Industry Litigation, SEC Enforcement Activity and Director Indemnification and Insurance,” 2018
  • Moderator, “How are Institutional Investors Globally Facing the Growing Litigation Challenge,” Institutional Governance & Legal Symposium, London, 2018
  • Panelist, “Mutual Fund Civil Litigation: Year in Review,” Investment Company Institute’s Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, San Antonio, 2018
  • Presenter, “Opt-In or Opt-Out: The Changing Landscape of Securities Class Actions and Its Impact on Mutual Funds,” Mutual Fund Directors Forum Webinar, 2017
  • Presenter, “Opt-In or Opt-Out: Significant Developments, Board Considerations, and Policies and Procedures in Opt-out Litigation,” Stradley Ronon seminar ICI Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 2017
  • Panelist, “EU Considerations for U.S. Asset Managers,” Investment Company Institute’s Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, Orlando, FL, 2016
  • Panelist, “Trying the Punitive Damages case,” ABA Annual Meeting
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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" 2017
  • Chambers USA, Leader in Commercial Litigation in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, every year since inception
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
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