Keith H. Fichtelman

Areas of Practice
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Domestic and International Arbitration
  • Dispute Resolution

University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 2008; University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2005

Languages Spoken
  • English

Los Angeles Office
Orange County Office


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Keith Fichtelman’s practice focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution, other complex commercial litigation, and providing outside counsel services to a variety of clients.

As a member of the firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice group, Mr. Fichtelman regularly advises clients regarding disputes pending before various international arbitration forums, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).  Mr. Fichtelman is also a member of the board of directors for the California International Arbitration Council.

Mr. Fichtelman’s legal experience includes a wide spectrum of international commercial disputes including contract disputes, trade secrets, copyright and trademark, fraud, civil RICO, bankruptcy proceedings, personal injury claims, employment claims, and financial services litigation.

Mr. Fichtelman also regularly advises companies of various sizes as outside counsel on such issues as contract negotiations, employment law, securities regulations, anti-corruption laws, insurance issues, international law, due diligence investigations, and director and officer liability.

Mr. Fichtelman earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California at Los Angeles.  He received his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law and also studied for a year at the University of Minnesota Law School.  While in law school, Mr. Fichtelman participated in a prestigious externship with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania.  The tribunal was tasked with the adjudication of war crimes charges against the alleged perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.  Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr. Fichtelman was a litigation associate with the international law firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.

Mr. Fichtelman is admitted to practice law in California and New York.  Mr. Fichtelman is also admitted to practice before the United States Appeals Court for the Ninth District and the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Ventura County Bar Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s Young & International Association, the Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration), and the London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group.  Mr. Fichtelman has also served as a coach of the UCLA Mock Trial Team, including during their 2004 and 2011 National Championship seasons.

Mr. Fichtelman has also successfully represented several refugees on a pro bono basis in seeking asylum before the U.S. Immigration Courts.

Recent representative experience has included:

  • Advised foreign based shipbuilder in relation to numerous international arbitration proceedings before the SIAC and LMAA
  • Advised foreign product manufacturer in relation to international arbitration proceedings before the ICC
  • Obtained complete defense victory in federal district court through summary judgment on claims of over $30 million in damages alleged by American based distributor of foreign based manufacturing client.  Currently representing the client on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented businessman in action regarding dissolution of general partnership.  Obtained successful settlement soon after initiating legal proceedings.
  • Obtained favorable public settlement on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as outside counsel in action against former officers and directors of failed financial institution in federal district court based on claims for breach of fiduciary duties and gross negligence.
  • Successfully obtained dismissals of several actions on behalf of the FDIC acting as receiver for failed financial institutions in actions brought by former borrowers from the financial institutions.
  • Successfully represented major financial institutions in state and federal court relating to claims of fraud, breach of contract, money laundering, and lending related litigation.
  • Advised mobile telephone distributor in relation to contract disputes
  • Successfully negotiated settlement for foreign corporation in relation to litigation based on voluntary recalls of products
  • Represented foreign manufacturers and exporters in various state and federal courts relating to product liability and breach of contract claims.
  • Represented former officer of national mortgage lender in complex class action litigation alleging over $1 billion in damages in federal court.