Keesal, Young & Logan opened its office in San Francisco in 1984.  The San Francisco office has 20 lawyers, 12 of whom are shareholders.   Our San Francisco lawyers have been recognized as Northern California Super Lawyers each year since 2004, and two were recently recognized among an elite group of lawyers in the United States who deliver the best service to Fortune 1000 clients.

The firm’s San Francisco practice mirrors the firm’s representation of top flight corporate clients in a wide array of areas, including the defense of banks, financial services firms and broker-dealers, employment defense and advisory work, admiralty, appellate, white-collar defense, unfair competition, appellate, and general commercial litigation.  As with the entire firm, the San Francisco office is privileged to represent a myriad of companies on the leading edge of their respective industries, many of which are counted among the Fortune 100.  We have a superb trial and arbitration record.

The San Francisco office’s securities group represents banks, major financial services firms and broker-dealers on Wall Street and in California in federal and state class actions, securities arbitrations, regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and related matters.  These matters run the gamut of securities and commodities claims, including suitability, churning, misrepresentation and sales practices claims, cases alleging research and investment banking conflicts of interest, margin liquidations, incentive stock option exercises, shareholder derivative class action claims, customer solicitation claims, unfair business practices litigation, and audit and compliance advisory work.

San Francisco’s employment group has tried and arbitrated a wide variety of disputes under state and federal employment law, including claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour, ERISA, sexual harassment, defamation, breach of contract and other related claims.  We have successfully litigated or resolved many wage and hour class actions in State and Federal courts.  The group has defended claims before the California Labor Commission, the EEOC, DFEH and other governmental/administrative agencies.  In addition to litigation, the San Francisco employment group counsels clients on a wide variety of employment issues, including wage and hour, review and revision of employee handbooks, terminations, harassment investigation, drug testing, COBRA, OSHA, unfair competition, etc.

San Francisco’s Maritime and Transportation Group provides representation to businesses involved in international and interstate transportation of goods and passengers.  We represent ship owners, tug and barge operators, vessel managers, charterers, protection and indemnity associations and terminal operators in a number of areas, including environmental/oil spill incidents, casualty work, cargo loss claims, matters arising under the Jones Act and the LHWC Act.  We also advise transportation clients regarding compliance with U.S. and international laws and conventions, and responses to actions initiated by the various state and federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (including Coast Guard, Customs, and Immigration), the Federal Maritime Commission, the DEA, the EPA and the Department of Fish and Game.  The Group also represents other commercial carriers, including air and road carriers, particularly with regard to multi-modal transport.


The San Francisco commercial practice includes the representation of financial services firms and professionals in commercial cases, including professional liability claims, forgery and bad checks matters, embezzlement claims and the like.  This representation includes litigation and advisory work in the ever-expanding field of money laundering detection and prevention.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s dynamic, international financial center and in one of the nation’s premier commercial ports, the San Francisco group is ideally situated to handle clients’ diverse and often complex legal issues.  Reflecting a firmwide philosophy, our clients’ cases are not worked, they are solved, in a timely and creative manner designed to obtain both excellent and cost-effective resolutions.

Keesal, Young & Logan
450 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, California 94133
Phone: (415) 398-6000
Fax: (415) 981-0136