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J.D., Southwestern School of Law, SCALE 1977

B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1974

Bar Admissions



Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Courts, California and Nevada


California State Bar, Business Law Section

Bar Association of San Francisco, Commercial Law Section

Mortgage Bankers Association

California Mortgage Bankers Association

Keith A. Kandarian

Contact information:
T: 415.772.9620
F: 415.433.3883

Practice Areas

Keith offers a wide range of experience in business law, having represented financial institutions for most of his career. Currently, for example, he serves as corporate counsel to two related, non-depository mortgage finance companies, one of which operates as a Mortgage REIT, and one that originates and services residential mortgage loans in 47 States. As a consequence, he enjoys working in corporate finance, mortgage loan sales, mortgage loan financing and repurchase transactions, securitizations, warehousing, syndicated financing facilities, and related mortgage industry operations.

Keith also enjoys representing individuals and small business owners, as well as officers, directors, partners and investors in other public and private companies in securities and other ventures. He also advises directors on fiduciary duty and disclosure issues, and with respect to company operations, regulatory compliance, and supervisory procedures.

Representative matters:

  • Counsel to a Special Litigation Committee formed to investigate allegations of excess executive compensation in a shareholder derivative action.
  • Managed projects such as transforming a private real estate investment company into a widely-held company operating as a Real Estate Investment Trust, and registering it with the SEC as a publicly -reporting company. And assisted other clients in registering equity and employee benefit plans, and in negotiations to avoid proxy contests and other conflicts.
  • Litigated more than enough jury and non-jury business-related cases at most levels of state and federal courts, including substantial litigation and transactional work as counsel to a San Francisco Superior Court Receiver in an extended partnership dissolution, touching on issues of accounting, condemnation, foreclosure, purchase and sale, financing, and re-development of several San Francisco properties.
  • Represented the Manager of a notable company in its dissolution and the distribution of its assets, including global trademarks, copyrights, licensing rights, rights of publicity, and domain names, representing the remaining estate assets of music legend Jerry Garcia.

Prior to entering private practice, Keith was a Law Clerk for the Honorable James A. Brennan, District Judge, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has served on the pro bono panel of the San Francisco Bar Association, and supports Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco, the San Francisco Food Bank, and St. Anne’s Home for the Aged, and other non-profit organizations, also located primarily in San Francisco.

Keith is rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbel™, the highest peer-reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal ability.

Photo by Lily Gicker