What Were Legislators Really Thinking?
About William H. Keller
In-Depth Analysis of Legislative Intent
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Opinion Declarations
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150 Years of Legislative History
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About William H. Keller

Mr. Keller provides consultation and analysis to attorneys on the subject of statutory construction. He has been qualified as an expert on "Legislative Intent" and has given opinion testimony from the witness stand in over 45 lawsuits and administrative actions. He has been cited by name in 4 published opinions and several unpublished. He has submitted written opinion declarations in nearly 200 cases, and has assisted attorneys in the preparation of statutory construction arguments in countless additional actions.

Occupational History

Founder and Former Director, Legislative Intent Service. Mr. Keller founded Legislative Intent Service in 1974. Since then, his firm has researched the historical background of over 20,000 California, Federal and Sister State Code Sections, as well as numerous administrative regulations, rules of court and local ordinances. Legislative Intent Service currently prepares over 1500 legislative histories per year, including many directly for the California District Courts of Appeal. Legislative Intent Service has been cited by name in over 50 California appellate cases.

Creator, Keller’s Illustrated Codes. Mr. Keller has designed a practical and persuasive method of presenting a "New Textualism" argument regarding statutory construction as suggested and championed by U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The presentation consists of the text of a statute or code section "exploded" to show the derivation of each word currently or formerly included in the section along with notes to a sidebar listing and explanation of all relevant legislative changes.

Attorney and Litigator. Mr. Keller is an Active Member of the California State Bar Association, State Bar No. 55798. He has over 30 years of courtroom experience, having handled a variety of matters including Marital Dissolutions, Probates and Will Contests, Construction, Contract and Business lawsuits.

Lecturing and Publishing

Mr. Keller delivers lectures on Legislative History and Statutory Construction to law school classes and associations of legal secretaries, paralegals and law librarians. He gives 6 to 10 classes each year to law firms and local Bar Associations. These lectures have been certified by the California State Bar Association as approved MCLE activities. Mr. Keller has co-authored an article entitled "Finding Legislative Intent in California" published in the Jan., 1986 issue of the California State Library Foundation Bulletin, Number 14.

Legislative Experience and Education

Associate Consultant, Assembly Welfare Committee, 1973-1974
Legislative Assistant, Assemblyman William T. Bagley, 1972-1973
Selected through competition as Assembly Fellow, 1972
Juris Doctor, University of California, Davis, 1972
Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude, UCLA, 1966


Founding Member - California Archives Foundation and California State Library Foundation
Sustaining Member - California Historical Society
Former member of the Board of Directors California Supreme Court Historical Society


Mr. Keller is a California Native Son. His family first came to California in 1917, settling in Santa Ana.

Points and Authorities and Sample Voir Dire with full Citations available on Request


Chidester v. U.S. - Case No. CV 79-4619-TJH U.S. District Court Central District of California

Lynch v. Amarada Hess - Case No. 289798 Superior Court of California County of Sacramento

County of Sonoma v. State Board of Equalization - Case No. 122131 Superior Court of California County of Sonoma

City of Chico v. County of Butte - Case No. 79123 Superior Court of California County of Butte

Industrial Indemnity Co. v. City and County of San Francisco - Case No. 864377 Superior Court of California City and County of San Francisco

Bruckner v. Long Beach Equities, Inc. - Case No. 90162 Superior Court of California County of Ventura

Sierra Club v. Shasta Co. RTPA - Case No. 118648 Superior Court of California County of Shasta

City of Fowler v. County of Fresno - Case No. 540984 - 2 Superior Court of California County of Fresno

City of Anaheim v. State of California - Case No. 779861 Superior Court of California County of Orange

Roberts v. Gulf Oil Corporation - Case No. 163394 Superior Court of California County of Kern

In re Occidental of Elk Hills - Case No. 095-230 Appeal 98AAB Assessment Appeals Board County of Kern

Pacific Refining Company v. Board of Equalization - Case No. BC 079397 Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles

Steven M. Judd v. U.S. - Case No. 83-2475-K (CM) U.S. District Court Southern District

Powers et al. v. County of Sonoma - Case No. 169328 Superior Court of California County of Sonoma

Paulis v. Harney - Case No. 250683 Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino

B & B Amusements v. Thirty Second District Agricultural Association - Case No. 95-015 Department of General Services State of California

In re Insurance Services, Inc. - Case No. 2001050178 Office of Administrative Hearings

People v. Beeman - Case No. CRF 16101 Superior Court of California County of Yolo

2006 Assessment Appeal - Trans Alaska Pipeline System - Case No. 06-56-17 State Assessment Review Board Anchorage, Alaska