Kelton Basirico is a litigation associate in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto office, where she is a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group. She is also a member of the Firm’s Trade Secrets and Cybersecurity Practices and the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Industry Group. She represents foreign and domestic corporations involved in high-stakes litigation, with a focus on cross-border disputes in the ecommerce and technology sectors.
During law school, Kelton externed for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and served as an editor on UCLA’s Journal of Law and Technology. She also drafted a faculty-supervised analytical paper discussing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as it relates to online service providers’ content moderation policies and procedures in non-democratic states and regions with ongoing conflict. Prior to law school, Kelton worked for a venture capital firm focused on Seed and Series A investments in start-up technology companies.
Kelton focuses her practice on complex commercial and securities litigation in both state and federal court, and in domestic and international arbitration. She handles a broad range of disputes, including multi-jurisdictional contract and business torts disputes, privacy and data security, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and other statutory and common law claims.
Kelton also regularly advises foreign and domestic clients on litigation avoidance strategies, including corporate governance and regulatory compliance, alternative dispute resolution policies, privacy and data security practices, consumer regulatory concerns, advertising and marketing claims, and intellectual property protection.
Representative Legal Matters
- Third-chaired a USD 40 million arbitration in defense of an investor-owned utility from breach of contract action by third party developer.
- Advised blockchain developer on policies for a token incentive plan for employees and compliance with the Securities Act.
- Drafted acceptable use policy for decentralized autonomous organization (DAO).
- Advised non-fungible token (NFT) developer on securities offerings options under Regulation D.
- Assisted in an internal investigation for an electronics manufacturer involving trade secret misappropriation.
- Advised ecommerce company on website consumer-facing terms and conditions and loyalty rewards program.
- California~United States (2021)
- UCLA School of Law (JD) (2021)
- Seattle University (BA) (2018)
- Los Angeles
- Co-author, "Takeaways From Holmes' Unsuccessful Trade Secret Defense," Law360, March 2022
- Co-author, "Short Sale Verdict Shows Need For Better Portfolio Disclosure," Law360, December 2021
- Co-author, "Commercial Lease Defenses During Covid-19," Bloomberg Law, July 2020