Keith A. Kandarian



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Keith started his practice as a trial lawyer. He represented financial institutions for most of his career, but enjoys representing individuals and small business owners, medical groups, artists, architects, museums, wineries, CPAs, investors and trust administrators in a wide range of topics.

He now concentrates on corporate work, and believes his litigation experience provides insight into how transactions can go bad and the potential minefields to avoid when structuring many business deals.

His career goal has been, and continues to be, to build long-term client relationships, founded on confidence, trust and sensible legal advice.

A few representative samples are:

  • He has helped organize and capitalize privately-owned specialty finance companies that operate as mortgage Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs);
  • He was counsel to a Special Litigation Committee investigating allegations of excess executive compensation in a shareholder derivative action;
  • He was counsel to a Receiver appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court to oversee a lengthy partnership dissolution; and,
  • He represented the manager responsible for distribution of the remaining intellectual property rights of music legend Jerry Garcia.

In the now distant past, he was lead counsel in the following reported cases:

  • The Society of California Pioneers v. Roger Baker (1996) 43 Cal. App. 4th 774 (Jury trial resulting in recovery of a stolen museum artifact); and
  • Nevada National Bank v. Snyder (1992) 108 Nev. 151 (Nevada Supreme case confirming a lender’s lien priority relating to a planned township in Northern Nevada).

He also enjoyed representing the organizers of the Mid-Summer Mozart Festival in San Francisco, as well as performing some corporate work for members of the Grateful Dead and other Bay Area musicians. Nevertheless, he considers all of his clients to be Rock Stars in their own right.

Keith is rated AVĀ® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal ability.


J.D., Southwestern School of Law, 1977


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



California State Bar, Business Law Section

Bar Association of San Francisco, Commercial Law Section


AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating