Robert Niemann joined Keller and Heckman in 2012 as a trial lawyer in the litigation department concentrating his practice in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, unfair business practices, products liability, and environmental toxic torts. Mr. Niemann is co-chair of Keller and Heckman's national litigation practice, along with Arthur S. Garrett III.
Mr. Niemann has extensive experience with class actions, multidistrict litigation, mass torts and major complex cases. He has represented many clients as their national and regional coordinating counsel handling hundreds of cases and coordinating the matters with attorneys throughout the United States. He is often called upon to try the bellwether cases which determine the direction of the mass tort litigation.
Mr. Niemann takes an active role in managing litigation throughout the country for clients, working with national trial teams, experts, and attorneys from other states. His experience in over 30 years of practice includes representation of manufacturers, distributors, inventors and component suppliers of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, healthcare and food products and various consumer products. In 1997, Mr. Niemann was one of 300 attorneys worldwide selected for inclusion in the first edition of An International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, based on surveys and interviews with major corporations and leading products attorneys. He was selected again in 1998 and in several later editions.
Mr. Niemann has represented companies for the protection of their intellectual property rights including trade secrets, restrictive covenants, non-solicitation agreements, breach of fiduciary duties, and corporate raiding. He has prosecuted and defended temporary restraining orders, permanent injunctions, and tried numerous cases involving alleged fraudulent conduct, theft of trade secrets and corporate raiding.
Mr. Niemann has represented manufacturing companies and numerous consumer and construction equipment manufacturers for contract disputes, royalties, indemnity issues, product labeling and product liability. He has also represented companies for breach of contract, fraud, business torts, unfair competition, unfair business practices and false advertising.
Mr. Niemann has represented potentially responsible parties in environmental toxic tort litigation including CERCLA litigation, toxic spill litigation, vapor and chemical intrusion, site contamination, personal injury and biomonitoring.
Mr. Niemann is actively involved in ADR proceedings as a litigant and as a neutral. He presides frequently over civil arbitrations, mediations and as a Judge Pro Tem. He has arbitrated/mediated hundreds of matters in his career, and serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court for settlement conferences and trials. He is also an appointed arbitrator for the Counties of San Francisco and Marin. He is a panelist for the National Arbitration Forum, a national alternative dispute resolution provider.
Mr. Niemann is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been for his entire career. He was acknowledged in 2013 (and in prior years) as one of California's "Super Lawyers." Additionally, Mr. Niemann was named a top rated IP lawyer, a top rated lawyer in Mass Torts Law, and a top rated lawyer for Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell for 2013.
Defense Research Institute (Drug and Medical Device Committee, ADR State Liaison) California Bar Association
Association of Defense Council, Northern California
Bar Association of San Francisco
Superior Court Arbitrator, San Francisco and Marin Counties