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About Keith

Keith Blackman defends clients in disputes involving complex securities before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as in trial and appellate courts. He primarily represents financial services clients in cases involving claims of fraud, malpractice, racketeering, breach of contract and securities law violations. He also has experience in tax disputes, intellectual property litigation and white-collar defense. Over the course of his career, Keith has appeared in state and federal courts in New York and around the country.


Recent Notable Matters

Deutsche Bank AG — McMahan v. Deutsche Bank AG, et al., 2017 WL 3872477 (N.D. Ill. 2017). Summary judgment granted dismissing all claims arising from plaintiffs’ unsuccessful participation in tax strategy, as against DB.*

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. — Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. v. Roskos, et al., 692 Fed Appx. 62 (2d Cir June 5, 2017) Affirming award of summary judgment to DBSI permanently enjoining tax shelter participant plaintiffs from pursuing claims in FINRA forum.*

Deutsche Bank AG — GG Capital v. Deutsche Bank AG, 654 Fed Appx. 329 (9th Cir. June 20, 2016) Affirming dismissal under Iqbal “plausibility” pleading standard of all claims against DB arising from plaintiffs’ participation in foreign currency digital options transactions.*

DBSI — SMCB Capital, et al. v. DBSI, et al., FINRA Dkt. No. 11-02201 (December 11, 2013) Following a 20-day arbitration trial spanning 11 months in Newark, filed by four consolidated parties seeking damages in excess of $35 million, the Panel denied all claims against all Respondents in their entirety.*

Financial institutions — obtained the dismissal of numerous multi-million dollar claims brought against the client by participants in unsuccessful tax shelters. The rulings were upheld on appeal in the Second and Eleventh Circuits.*

Financial services client — won the dismissal of an action brought against the client by 16 investors before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell



Harvard Law School,
cum laude
University of Pennsylvania,
Bachelor of Arts
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York





Thomson Reuters
Super Lawyers
New York Metro Rising Star, 2012 - 2015; New York Metro Super Lawyer, 2016 - 2020
Harvard Law School
Journal of Law and Technology
Senior Editor
US Department of Justice
Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property, Intern