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Jan Nielsen Little

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-676-2211
Fax: 415-397-7188
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1981
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation
Attorney Profile

With more than 40 years of legal experience, Jan Nielsen Little is an attorney at the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP located in San Francisco, California. She represents clients with white collar crime and business litigation matters including securities fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, foreign corrupt practice/commercial bribery, health care fraud and public corruption.

Protecting the best interests of her clients, Ms. Little is a dedicated and zealous advocate for them. Aggressively fighting for the rights and liberties of her clients, Ms. Little provides knowledgeable and sound counsel to them. Handling every case with a genuine concern for her clients, she has a firm commitment to their needs.

Obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Little has a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Judge William W Schwarzer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Ms. Little previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division and has extensive experience litigating white collar crimes. Additionally, she has immense experience representing clients before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with cases involving securities and derivative actions and enforcement actions.

Admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia, Ms. Little is also actively involved in the legal community. She serves as co-chair at the NACDL West Coast White Collar Crime Conference and served as a chair for the U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. She also served as a board of directors’ member for the U.S. District Court Federal Practice Program. Ms. Little was a former member of the U.S. District Court Local Rules Committee and of the U.S. District Court Criminal Justice Working Group.

Honored for her impeccable legal contributions, Ms. Little was named as a Band 1 lawyer for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations by Chambers. The Daily Journal included her in its Top Women Lawyers in California. Ms. Little was selected to be in The Best Lawyers in America list in three categories including Bet-the-Company Litigation, Securities Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime

Selections

19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Jan Nielsen Little

First Admitted: 1981, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.keker.com/Lawyers/little-jan-nielsen

Honors/Awards

  • Band 1 lawyer for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, Chambers, 2008 - Present
  • Northern California Super Lawyers; Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers; Top 50 Female Super Lawyers
  • NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense Award, NACDL, 2014
  • Listed in three Best Lawyers In America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, and White Collar Criminal Defense, 2006 - Present
  • Top Women Lawyers in California, The Daily Journal, 2005 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Crossing the High Seas: Are There Limits to Extraterritorial Reach for Prosecutions of Securities Laws?" ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2017. Co-authored with Nic Marais
  • Faculty, CEB Mock Trial Program, “Legends of Litigation,” 2001
  • Faculty, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting, 2002
  • ”The Attorney-Client Privilege And The Corporate Executive,” 2003. Co-authored with Nikki K. Vo.
  • Faculty, “Champions of the Courtroom,” California State Bar Litigation Section, 2005
  • Faculty, Stanford Directors College, 2005
  • “Opening Statement: Ten Tips,” California State Bar Litigation Section, 2005
  • “Recent Developments in Criminal Enforcement of Securities Law,” Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute, 2006. Co-authored with Katherine Florey
  • “Obstruction Seduction: The Increasingly Long Arm of the Federal Obstruction Statutes,” NACDL, White Collar Crime Conference, 2006. Co-authored with Steven P. Ragland
  • “Parallel Proceedings: The Uncomfortable Intersection of Criminal and Civil Litigation,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2006. Co-authored with Katherine Florey
  • “Ten Reasons Women Make Great Trial Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2006
  • Faculty, NACDL White Collar Seminar, 2005-2006
  • Faculty, Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Program, 2006-2010
  • “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Deliberate Ignorance Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Institute, 2007. Co-authored with Ajay Kundaria
  • Faculty, PLI Securities Enforcement Seminar “Internal Investigations: The Other Side Of Cooperation,” Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute, 2007 Co-authored with Michael D. Celio
  • Faculty, ABA White Collar Crime National Institute, 2010
  • “Books & Records: More Than Just A Paper Cut,” Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute, 2008. Co-authored with Michael D. Celio
  • Faculty, "The ABCs of D-efense in an E-lectronic Age: Ethics and Strategies," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2011
  • Faculty, "The Professional Edge: Working With (and Against) Experts," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2012
  • Panelist, "The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine:  Continuing Threats Facing In-House Counsel," National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Counsel, 2013
  • Panelist, "Corporate Executive Liability: When the C-Suite Becomes the Hot Seat," and Program Co-Chair, NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2013
  • Panelist, "At The Table:  Practical & Ethical Guidance for Plea Negotiations," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2014
  • Panelist, "White Collar Evidence:  Protecting Vulnerabilities, Challenging Attacks,"  NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2015
  • Panelist, "Prosecutors Gone Rogue:  Reining in Government Overreaching," NACDL Annual White Collar Conference, 2016
  • Panelist, "Insecurity in Securities Law," ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, 2017

Verdicts/Settlements

  • United States v. Executive 
  • United States v. Waste Management Company 
  • United States v. Investment Banker 
  • United States v. Criminal Defense Attorney 
  • United States v. Attorney 
  • United States Department of Justice v. Attorney 
  • State of Arizona v. Financial Services Company 
  • Securities and Exchange Commission v. Former Chief Financial Officer 
  • Plaintiffs v. Health Care Company 
  • Securities and Exchange Commission v. Executive 
  • United States v. Chief Financial Officer 

Educational Background

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1978 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California
  • Member, U.S. District Court Local Rules Committee, 1999-2000 
  • Chair, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, 2009
  • Member, U.S. District Court Criminal Justice Working Group, 2004-2010
  • Member, Board of Directors, U.S. District Court Federal Practice Program, 1992-2012
  • Co-Chair, NACDL West Coast White Collar Crime Conference, 2011-Present
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Inducted 2016
  • District of Columbia 
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Office Location for Jan Nielsen Little

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-676-2211

Fax: 415-397-7188

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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