Keller, Stanley

Stanley Keller

Senior Partner
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Stanley Keller is a nationally recognized corporate and securities lawyer. During his many years of practice, Stan has advised clients ranging from emerging companies to industry leaders. While his practice has encompassed most areas of corporate and securities laws, Stan has focused on:

  • Public and private securities offerings and other corporate financings
  • Advising publicly traded companies on compliance with SEC rules and public disclosure requirements

Stanley Keller is a nationally recognized corporate and securities lawyer. During his many years of practice, Stan has advised clients ranging from emerging companies to industry leaders. While his practice has encompassed most areas of corporate and securities laws, Stan has focused on:

  • Public and private securities offerings and other corporate financings
  • Advising publicly traded companies on compliance with SEC rules and public disclosure requirements 
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance, including advising on best practices, addressing institutional/stockholder activism, and acting as special counsel to boards of directors and their committees

In addition to his client work, Stan has had an active role in the development of corporate and securities laws through leadership positions in the American Bar Association (ABA) and other professional organizations, and through his writings and frequent speaking engagements:

  • Chaired the ABA’s Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities during the height of the Sarbanes-Oxley era, and in that capacity had responsibility for interacting on behalf of the private bar with the SEC, other governmental officials and the stock exchanges
  • Chaired the ABA’s Legal Opinions Committee and Audit Responses Committee
  • Co-Chaired the Task Force that drafted the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law, and chaired the Boston Bar Association’s Business Law Section and Corporation Law Committee
  • Served on the TriBar Opinion and was the reporter for the Committee's "Remedies Opinion Report" and "Preferred Stock Opinion Report"
  • Lectured widely for continuing legal education organizations, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, and  authored and edited many articles and treatises on corporate and securities law matters

Selected Programs

  • Speaker, 45th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Coronado, California, January 2018
  • Co-Chair, 35th Annual Federal Securities Institute, Miami, Florida, February 2017‎
  • Co-Chair, 42nd-44th PLI Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, New York, New York, November 2010-2012‎

Books

  • Co-Author, Corporate Director's Guidebook, Seventh Edition, published by the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws (2020)
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Co. (2019)
  • Co-Editor, The Practitioner’s Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, published by the ABA (2004)
  • Co-Editor, International Securities Law Handbooks, published by Graham & Trotman Limited (1995)
  • Editor, Massachusetts Business Lawyers, a three-volume treatise published by MCLE (1991)
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Education
  • LL.B.,

     magna cum laude

    , Harvard Law School, 1962
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1959
Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts, 1962
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, American Bar Association
      • Chair of Legal Opinions Committee
      • Audit Responses Committee and Federal Regulation of Securities Committee
      • Special adviser to the Task Force on Corporate Responsibility
      • Special adviser to the Task Force on Implementation of Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
      • Member of the Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege
      • Special adviser and reporter to the Task Force on SEC Attorney Conduct Rules
    • Member, Boston Bar Association
      • Co-Chair, Task Force on Revision of the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law
    • Member, TriBar Opinion Committee
    • Served as Independent Consultant and Monitor of the City of San Diego to oversee its compliance with its SEC enforcement order (2007-2010)
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law and Corporate Governance and Compliance Law (2006-2021)
    • Recognized, Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A for Massachusetts (2003-2021)
    • Listed, World’s Leading Corporate Governance and Capital Markets Lawyers, Euromoney Legal Media Group (2014)
    • Named, Massachusetts Super Lawyers®, Securities and Corporate Finance (2004-2014)