Keith Paul Bishop is a partner in our Corporate and Securities Practice Group, and works out of the Orange County office. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and tender offers, corporate governance matters and federal and state securities laws (including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act), investment adviser, financial services regulation, and California administrative law. He regularly advises clients on compliance, licensing, regulatory and civil enforcement issues. He has advised clients in connection with several internal corporate investigations, including investigations of stock option backdating and other alleged management malfeasance. Keith has also been retained as an expert witness to testify concerning corporate law, securities law and attorney malpractice.
Government and Regulatory Experience
Keith previously served in the positions of California Commissioner of Corporations and Interim Savings & Loan Commissioner. As Commissioner of Corporations, Keith was responsible for the administration and enforcement of California's laws and regulations governing the following:
- the offer and sale of securities,
- securities broker-dealers,
- investment advisers,
- managed health care providers (HMOs),
- the offer and sale of franchises,
- credit unions,
- finance lenders,
- residential mortgage lenders, and
- independent escrow companies.
Keith also served as Deputy Secretary for Business Regulation and General Counsel of the California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. At the time, that agency included the following business regulatory departments:
- Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC),
- Banking (now known as Financial Institutions),
- Real Estate, and
- Savings & Loan.
The Business, Transportation & Housing Agency also included the following transportation-related departments:
- Highway Patrol (CHP),
- Motor Vehicles (DMV), and
- Transportation (Caltrans).
Keith has testified before numerous California legislative budget and policy committees. In 1997, he testified before the Subcommittee on Securities of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
Keith has written numerous articles on corporate and securities laws and is the author of a treatise on the corporate law of Nevada, "Nevada Law of Corporations and Business Organizations." His writings have been cited by the Nevada Supreme Court for the District of Nevada. For the last several years, he has served as a practice consultant to Marsh & Volk, "Practice under the California Securities Laws". He is a contributor to Marsh's California Corporate Law. He also writes a blog, www.calcorporatelaw.com, that covers California corporate and securities law issues.
- American Bar Association Committee on State Regulation of Securities, California Liaison (2008-present)
- Business and Corporate Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association, Chairman (2005)
- Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, Member, Executive Committee (2004-2007)
- Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, Co-Chair, Corporations Committee (2002-2003)
- Senate Commission on Corporate Governance (1991)
- California State Bar Association Business Law Section's Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
- Martindale-Hubbell® A-V Preeminent Rating
- Named the Best Lawyers' Orange County Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2015)
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Securities/Capital Markets Law (2006 - 2017)
- Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers (2005 – 2017)
Keith earned his B.A. at Harvard University and his J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law.