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About Keith

Recognized by his peers for his ability to understand, communicate and litigate complex financial matters, Keith Blackman has successfully defended some of the nation’s largest multinational institutions in commercial disputes over his 20-year career. Keith not only performs the role of zealous advocate prepared to litigate any case to trial and beyond, but he is also a trusted counselor who understands that scorched-earth litigation often is not the most profitable solution.

Keith frequently defends financial services institutions and other commercial clients in cases alleging fraud, racketeering, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and securities law violations. Regularly appearing in trial and appellate courts throughout the country, Keith is also a frequent advocate before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panels.  

Apart from his financial services litigation practice, Keith advises clients on cryptocurrency and blockchain issues, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) litigation. Prior to joining Bracewell, Keith also had substantial experience litigating tax disputes, intellectual property disputes and white-collar cases.

Keith is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Multinational media company — obtained complete dismissal of RICO and antitrust lawsuit brought in New York federal court

Global investment bank — achieved favorable settlement on behalf of financial institution sued by former customer alleging fraud and RICO claims worth more than $600 million in damages

Global investment bank — defending financial institution client in Illinois state court against $130 million fraud claim brought by disgruntled participant in unsuccessful tax shelter

Financial institution — defending residential mortgage banking company against indemnification claims brought by multinational investment bank that sold residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBSs)

Global investment bank — obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims arising from plaintiffs’ unsuccessful participation in tax strategy. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal to the Seventh Circuit

Global investment bank — following a 20-day FINRA arbitration spanning 11 months in Newark, filed by four consolidated parties seeking damages in excess of $35 million, obtained denial of all claims*

Global investment bank — Obtained dismissal of numerous multi-million dollar fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by participants in unsuccessful tax shelters, in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before FINRA arbitration panels*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Publications and Speeches

"There Ought to Be a Law Before Enforcing Unwritten Crypto Rules," Bloomberg Law, July 7, 2023.

"Cryptocurrency Litigation Updates," 1st Annual Web3 Legal Conference, April 7, 2022.

Credentials

Education

Harvard Law School,
J.D.
2001
cum laude
University of Pennsylvania,
Bachelor of Arts
1998
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York

News

Insights

Insights

ShapeShift Fine Epitomizes SEC’s Crypto Policy, and its Flaws

A recent SEC order imposing a fine on former cryptocurrency exchange ShapeShift for failing to register as a securities dealer showcases the SEC’s regulation-by-enforcement approach, but the dissent by two commissioners raises valid concerns that the agency’s embrace of ambiguity over clarity risks hampering the growth of the crypto economy, writes Bracewell’s Keith Blackman.

Time Has Come for Special Masters to Streamline Bankruptcy Cases

Bracewell’s Keith Blackman, Joshua Klein and Russell Gallaro spotlight proposed changes to federal bankruptcy procedure to allow use of special masters in complex bankruptcy cases.

What SEC Retreat in Ripple Case Means for Crypto Regulation

Bracewell’s Keith Blackman takes a look at the ripple effect of the SEC’s regulation-by-enforcement approach to cryptocurrency policy rather than through rulemaking. The agency's recently aborted enforcement action against two Ripple Labs executives for alleged securities law violations demonstrates the limits of this piecemeal tactic.

SEC’s Move on NFTs Continues Pattern of Case-by-Case Regulation

The SEC’s enforcement action over a company’s NFTs indicates that the agency may continue regulating digital assets piecemeal until it provides formal regulations or courts agree on the definition of securities, says Bracewell’s Keith Blackman.

There Ought to Be a Law Before Enforcing Unwritten Crypto Rules

Bracewell’s Keith Blackman assesses government agencies’ gradual regulation by enforcement approach to penalizing cryptocurrency failures, and how the future of this regulation might look.

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Lawdragon Inc.
Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America
Commercial Litigation, Especially Financial, 2024
Thomson Reuters
New York Metro Super Lawyers
2016 - 2023
Thomson Reuters
New York Metro Super Lawyers
Rising Stars, 2012 - 2015
Harvard Law School
Journal of Law and Technology
Senior Editor
US Department of Justice
Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property, Intern

Events

Past Events

1st Annual Web3 Legal Conference

April 7, 2022 - April 8, 2022

Bracewell to Host Virtual ESG Seminar

- Webinar - October 12, 2021 - October 13, 2021

2021 ESG Seminar

- Webinar - June 15, 2021 - June 17, 2021