Fayetteville, North Carolina, May 13, 1961


 Tulane University of Louisiana, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983, Georgetown University, J.D., 1986

Practice Areas:

 Civil Litigation; Business LawEmployment LitigationWhite Collar Defense; Government Investigations


 New York County Lawyers Association; New York State Bar Association; Asian-American Bar Association of New York.


 1987, New York; 1989, District of Columbia; 1993, U.S. Supreme Court; 1995, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Miscellaneous Information:

 Phi Beta Kappa. Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney's Office, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1986-1991. Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida (Tampa), 1991-1993. Partner, Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker, LLP, 1993-1997. Member, Watanabe & Abramovitz, LLP, 1998-2002.


Mr. Watanabe is a litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience. Having tried more than eighty cases at the trial stage of litigation and argued more than twenty cases before appellate courts, Mr. Watanabe’s practice at the Firm primarily focuses on representation of management and individual executives in civil and criminal matters pending before federal and state courts, including commercial litigation matters, business/ regulatory-white collar criminal offenses and investigations, and prosecution and defense of claims arising within the employment context. Over the years, as New York employment lawyer Mr. Watanabe has litigated high profile cases representing well-known individuals.

Mr. Watanabe heads the law firm’s litigation practice. He began his career as a federal and state prosecutor and entered private practice in 1993. Over the years, he has compiled an enviable record of achievement in litigation of different matters throughout the United States. In addition to representing individuals and businesses in litigation matters, Mr. Watanabe also advises businesses in regulatory and compliance matters and conducts internal investigations.

Mr. Watanabe received his B.A., with honors, from Tulane University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Watanabe is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York, and before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Ninth Circuits.

Keith Watanabe can be contacted at 212-486-7005 or by e-mail at [email protected].