Keith Bishop


Partner, Allen Matkins


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.

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. Keith also served as Deputy Secretary for Business Regulation and General Counsel of the California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency.

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 that covers California corporate and securities law issues.

Keith earned his B.A. at Harvard University and his J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law.

Current Courses:

Securities Regulation