Robert Niemann is 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. He is also the co-chair of the Food Law Committee of the Litigation Section of the California State Bar Association, along with Christopher Van Gundy.
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. Within the tobacco industry, Mr. Niemann has successfully represented e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in consumer class actions.
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 selected as a California “Super Lawyer” for 2015 and 2014 (and in prior years). 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 2014.
Dec 15, 2015 Bob Niemann Interviewed in the December 15th Article LEGAL VOX POP: Will 2016 be a bumper year for class action lawsuits? Top attorneys weigh in
Feb 13, 2014 Bob Niemann Spoke at High Technology Crime Investigation Association Meeting
Nov 25, 2013 Doug Behr and Bob Niemann Won a Motion to Dismiss
Sep 20, 2013 Leslie Krasny and Robert Niemann to Teach a Course for Compliance Online on Food Marketing Claims - Risk of Enforcement Actions & Class Action Lawsuits, Defense Strategies and Best Practices
Aug 01, 2012 Nationally Recognized Litigation Practice Expands: Keller and Heckman Hires Litigation Partner Robert S. Niemann
Mar 31, 2016 Trial Court Dismissed Suit Alleging Deceptive Practices in Use of Non-GMO Claims
Feb 23, 2016 And You Thought the Recall Was Hard Enough; Wait Till You Get the Grand Jury Subpeona
Nov 10, 2015 Bob Niemann Quoted in the Article FDA Seeks Comments on Use of the Term 'Natural' on Food Labels
Oct 08, 2015 Food Court Report: GMO Claims Litigation - Consumers and Industry will be paying attention to Gallagher v. Chipotle Mexican Grill
Mar 24, 2015 Food Court Report: How You Say It Makes a Difference - California False Advertising Claims Attacking No Trans Fat Labeling Gain Traction as Ninth Circuit Rejects Preemption Arguments
Nov 12, 2014 FOOD COURT REPORT: Food Manufacturer Defeats Class Certification in Labeling Claim Because Putative Class Lacked Ascertainability
Oct 22, 2014 Food Safety Audit Firms May be Held Liable for Consumer Injuries Resulting from Negligent Inspections