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Keith Gillette brings a unique perspective to the practice of law. As a degreed engineer with a decade of experience in the field of Marine (mechanical) Engineering, he brings a critical eye to the technical aspects of legal issues.
Keith's focus is trial practice in both California and Nevada encompassing admiralty, trucking, product liability, intellectual property, and large-exposure tort litigation. His first trial as lead counsel came as a second-year associate more than 18 years ago. Since that time, Keith's attention has been on refining his skills as a trial lawyer. His first-chair trial experience covers both state and federal courts throughout California and Nevada. His trial and arbitration experience extends to catastrophic bodily injury at sea and ashore, land transportation, property loss claims, unfair competition claims, intellectual property, defective consumer and industrial products, and contract disputes.
Admiralty and Maritime A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, Keith's time at sea as a senior engineering officer aboard U.S.-flagged vessels provides a breadth of experience he brings to the courtroom. Representative matters include Jones Act and Longshore Act claims, shoreside wrongful death claims, brown water incidents, pleasure boat casualties, and product defect claims involving propulsion systems and boat fixtures. Keith's clients include P&I clubs, container crane owners, ship owners, port facility interests, engine manufacturers, and ski boat equipment makers. Keith's clients include a west-coast stevedoring operations enterprise, for which he serves as regional panel counsel.
Product Defect Keith has successfully defended at trial and arbitration product defect claims involving a wide variety of products. Representative products include liquid propane distribution systems, commercial refrigeration equipment, water meters, marine refrigeration systems, vessel appurtenances, and ski boat engines.
Large Exposure Tort Litigation Keith's experience includes catastrophic bodily injury and wrongful death claims involving industrial machinery, trucking accidents, construction sites, shipboard incidents, and consumer and industrial products.
Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Keith's representative IP litigation experience encompasses prosecuting and defending infringement claims of patents, copyrights, and trademarks as well as trade secret misappropriation. Representative clients include inventors, authors and trademark owners in the winemaking, electrical component manufacturing, and the glass grinding industry. His litigation experience extends to adversarial proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trials and Appeals Board.
Keith's trial experience extends to jury and bench trials in the state and federal courts of California and Nevada, and is included within the following representative matters:
Catastrophic Bodily Injury
Complex Litigation Trials and Arbitrations