Robert Niemann

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Robert M. Niemann has had a varied career as a private, civil attorney; an attorney with the state court of appeal; a mediator; an arbitrator; a real estate professional and an entrepreneur. His background and experience make him well-qualified to assist with resolving business, real estate and other legal disputes without going to trial.


Arbitrator in Contra Costa Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program
          Served as arbitrator in 44 cases

Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association
          Served as solo arbitrator in three cases, 1992-1993

Member of Contra Costa County Bar Association Fee Arbitration and Mediation Panel           Mediated variety of fee disputes with 100% success rate


Judge pro tempore in Contra Costa Superior Court, 1996-1997
          Tried one bench and two jury trials to conclusion

Senior staff attorney for California State Court of Appeal, First Appellate
District, 1993-2004 (retired)
Served as senior counsel to two division presiding justices
Reviewed appellate briefs and records, conducted legal research
and prepared draft opinions for 660 appeals, covering all areas of California law and numerous areas of federal and international law


Conducted complex, broad-based, civil trial practice, 1971-1993

Tried 15 cases (10 jury and 5 non-jury) to conclusion in state and federal courts

Representative trial subjects: products liability, governmental liability, civil rights defense, premises liability, medical malpractice, and complex business disputes, including anti-trust and insurance coverage

Conducted general business and real estate transactional practice,
           ADR TRAINING

Completed Contra Costa Superior Court Arbitration Training

Completed American Arbitration Association Basic
          Commercial/Construction Training Program, 1992

Completed MCLE-approved 40-hour Mediation Program
          Conducted by Steven Rosenberg, 2006


J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Member of “Order of the Golden Bear” Honor Society

A.B., Whitman College

Graduate in psychology with requisite hours for majors in French and Economics

Rhodes’ Scholarship Nominee




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