Keri Curtis Axel

Waymaker LLP

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Waymaker LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Mobile/Home Office: 213-314-5284

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Keri is a former federal prosecutor and SEC Enforcement Attorney who defends corporations and individuals in regulatory and criminal investigations and in court.  She has served as lead counsel in many federal criminal trials, and successfully litigated and argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Her experience includes investigations involving allegations of securities, investor, procurement, and immigration benefit fraud, public corruption, and tax fraud and evasion, and she has litigated complex civil matters in areas as diverse as patent, antitrust, and international tax.  Keri also has substantial experience in cross-border investigations involving coordinated international law enforcement efforts. 

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Keri managed complex civil cases as an Associate at Howrey & Simon before joining the SEC as a Staff Attorney.  At the Commission, she specialized in complex matters involving accounting fraud and financial reporting misstatements.  She then moved to the U.S. Attorney's Office, where she served in the Major Fraud and Immigration Fraud sections.  

At Baker Marquart, Keri’s practice is on the cutting edge of the legal landscape involving financial technology, and she enjoys helping entrepreneurs and leaders navigate that evolving landscape.  Keri also enjoys tax, securities, accounting and financial matters that draw on her extensive experience in those areas.

Practice Areas

  • Appeals
  • Corporate Crime
  • Internal Investigations
  • SEC Enforcement
  • State Attorney Generals
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime