Keith H. Fichtelman
Practice Areas:Litigation; Business Law; Alternate Dispute Resolution
Keith is dual-qualified as a United States (California & New York) attorney and Solicitor of England and Wales. Keith’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including international arbitration and dispute resolution, and providing outside counsel services to a variety of clients. Keith has also successfully represented several refugees on a pro bono basis in seeking asylum before the U.S. Immigration Courts. Keith also serves as a temporary judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Keith’s litigation background has included represented a diverse group of clients in a wide spectrum of disputes including contract disputes, trade secrets, copyright and trademark, fraud, civil RICO, personal injury claims, and financial services litigation.
Keith also regularly advises companies of various sizes as outside counsel on such issues as contract negotiations, employment law, anti-corruption laws, insurance issues, international law, and due diligence investigations. Keith also advises craft breweries and wineries on issues relating to California and federal alcohol laws.
Keith has regularly represented and/or advised clients in disputes pending before various international arbitration forums, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).
Keith lives in Camarillo with his wife and three children and is active in the local community. Most recently, Keith has served on the board of directors of the local AYSO soccer region and regularly referees in the region. Keith also serves as an alternate on the Pleasant Valley School District’s Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Keith has also served as a coach of the UCLA Mock Trial Team, including during their 2004 and 2011 National Championship seasons, and helps judge college and high school mock trial competition in the area.
While in law school, Keith participated in a prestigious externship with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania. The tribunal was tasked with the adjudication of war crimes charges against the alleged perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Keith also manages the general interest blog https://venturalaw.blog/ and the special interest blogs https://intlarbitration.com/ and https://wine-brew-law.com/.
Prior to joining Nelson Comis Kettle & Kinney LLP, Keith worked with two large international law firms based in Los Angeles.
England & Wales
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Courts for the
Central District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
Eastern District of California
Southern District of New York
Easter District of New York
• Business Law
• Alternate Dispute Resolution
• B.A., History from UCLA
• Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law
Memberships / Noteworthy Activities
• American Bar Association – International Section
• California Lawyers Association – International Section
• Ventura County Bar Association
• California International Arbitration Council
• Board of Directors – Co-Chair Membership Committee
• Law Society of England and Wales
• Los Angeles County Bar Association