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Margaret A. Keeley

Williams & Connolly LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Meg Keeley concentrates her practice on complex civil and criminal matters. She has tried over a dozen cases, including jury trials, court trials, and arbitrations, for corporations, law firms, and individuals throughout the United States. Her recent experience includes a particular focus on securities litigation and enforcement, as well as on the defense of professional liability claims. Meg is Co-Chair of the firm’s Lawyer Liability practice group.

Meg has defended issuers, underwriters, investment management firms, and corporate officers and directors in securities litigation brought under the 1933 Securities Act, the 1934 Securities Exchange Act, and the Investment Advisors Act. Her experience includes defending a Bear Stearns hedge fund manager charged with securities fraud and insider trading in a trial in which the jury acquitted on all counts.

Meg also has defended major law firms in legal malpractice and other professional liability matters, including malpractice suits arising in intellectual property matters.

Meg’s other trial and arbitration experience includes representing clients in accounting matters, contract disputes, professional liability, and negligence claims. She also has represented numerous clients in temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings. Her pro bono work has included two trials with the Montgomery County public defender’s office, as well as supervising several other trial and appellate teams in the office.

Meg grew up in Yuba City, California, just north of Sacramento. After receiving her B.A. from Georgetown University in 1991, she spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW in Portland, Oregon, working at the local public defender’s office. She received her J.D., magna cum laude and with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she wa      s a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Meg clerked  for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before joining Williams & Connolly LLP in 1996. After several years on the Williams & Connolly Hiring Committee, she served as its Chai          r from 2012-2014. She has been recognized in Washingtonian     magazine as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s best criminal defense lawyers.

Representative Experience

  • Defended a Fortune 50 company in both an SEC enforcement action and a securities class action related to a merger
  • Defending a major, national law firm in a malpractice action arising from a missed foreign filing deadline
  • Defended an investment bank in an SEC investigation related to the creation of a Collateralized Debt Offering (“CDO”)
  • Defended an Am Law 100 firm against a legal malpractice claim related to the failure to file a complaint within the applicable statute of limitations
  • Defended multiple patent prosecution law firms against legal malpractice claims related to missed filing deadlines
  • Defended an investment bank in a federal securities class action related to the underwriting of a stock offering by a mortgage company
  • Defended an investment management company in an SEC enforcement action concerning cross-trades and other alleged conflicts of interest related to the management of hedge funds and CDOs
  • Defended an Am Law 100 firm in a breach of fiduciary duty action related to a representation adverse to one of its former clients
  • Defended an Am Law 100 firm against a legal malpractice claim related to creditor protection advice
  • Defended an investment bank in a federal securities class action related to the underwriting of a preferred stock offering related to an oil and gas company
  • Represented British Petroleum in a fraud suit against a plaintiffs’ lawyer for allegedly inflating the number of claimants he represented, and in other related matters arising out of the Deepwater Horizon spill
  • Represented a Big 4 accounting firm in an arbitration of professional liability matters related to tax shelter transactions

Practice Focus

Civil Litigation and Trial Practice
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense and Government Investigations
Financial Services and Banking
Lawyer Liability
Securities Enforcement
Securities Litigation


“Washington’s Top Lawyers” in the category of Criminal Defense, Washingtonian magazine, 2009


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with high honors, 1995: Order of the Coif

Georgetown University, B.A., 1991


District of Columbia California
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Federal Circuit, and District of Columbia Circuit

Government Service

Law Clerk, Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1995-1996

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