Robert M. Keese

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Girardi | Keese
 | 1126 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-977-0211
Fax: 213-481-1554
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2012, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1970
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (70%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    A founder of Girardi | Keese and a highly-regarded civil trial lawyer, Robert M. Keese divides his practice among bad faith and other insurance coverage issues, toxic torts, professional negligence, intellectual property litigation and road design defects. From the firm's office in Los Angeles, California, he represents business and individual clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice before all California state courts since 1970, Mr. Keese is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts.

    Mr. Keese has been able to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for his clients during his distinguished career as an attorney. He has served as first-chair counsel in more than 100 state and federal trials, and his experience has encompassed arbitrations and mediations as well. In one notable insurance coverage case, Mr. Keese negotiated a $200 million settlement on behalf of policyholders whose properties were damaged as a result of the 1994 Northridge earthquake and whose claims were delayed or disputed by Farmers Insurance Group. In one of his courtroom victories, his client received a $25.75 million jury award in a case involving fraud and the misappropriation of trade secrets. These and many other successes have earned Mr. Keese a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1987.

    Mr. Keese is a member of several legal organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He obtained his legal education at Loyola Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1969.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 70%General Litigation
    • 30%Insurance Coverage

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2012, 2014 - 2020

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    About Robert Keese

    Admitted: 1970, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.girardikeese.com/Attorneys/Robert-M-Keese.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • Los Angeles Magazine, "Southern California Super Lawyer", 2004 - 2007
    • Best Lawyers publication, "Best Lawyers in America", 1987 - Present
    • Lawdragon Magazine, "The Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America", 2007
    • "AV" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (martindale.com's highest rating)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
    • California, 1970
    • Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
    • U.S. Federal Courts, 1970
    • Member, American Association for Justice
    • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Jurors Award $25 Million to Bilked Inventor", Los Angeles Daily Journal - 2003

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • In Re Northridge earthquake litigation - $200 Million – Northridge earthquake litigation against Farmers Insurance
    • Verdict, $25.75 Million - B. Braun v. Bobby Rogers, USDC Case No. 98 CV 0250 B
    • Robert M. Keese has obtained more than 10 Verdicts of $1 Million or more and has handled more than 40 Settlements of $1 Million or more

    Educational Background:

    • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, B.A., 1966
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    Office Location for Robert M. Keese

    1126 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Phone: 213-977-0211

    Fax: 213-481-1554

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    Last Updated: 1/16/2020

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