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Robert A. Van Nest

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-391-5400
Fax: 415-397-7188
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1978
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Securities & Corporate Finance
Attorney Profile

Attorney Robert A. Van Nest is a partner with the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP in San Francisco, California. Nationally regarded as among the leading trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Van Nest has more than 43 years of total legal experience, and he provides invaluable counsel, advocacy and support to clients across his region and throughout the country who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Antitrust matters
  • Consumer and class actions
  • Contracts and commercial transactions and litigation
  • Intellectual property
  • Professional liability
  • Securities
  • White collar criminal defense

As an attorney, Mr. Van Nest regularly handled highly complex, high-stakes cases for some of the largest corporations in America including American Honda, Google and others. He routinely works on a variety of complicated cases involving a wide range of matters, including securities fraud, patent infringements, commercial contract disputes and more. He has also represented the rights and liberties of professionals facing administrative conduct actions as well as corporate executives and others facing serious white collar criminal charges.

From his efforts, Mr. Van Nest has achieved remarkable success in helping his clients obtain their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek for their legal challenges efficiently and cost-effectively. A leader in his field, he is a fellow with both the American College of Trial Lawyers and The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, as well as the International Society of Barristers. He has published articles and conducted lectures and seminars on a variety of topics.

Honored for his remarkable professionalism and service, Mr. Van Nest has earned numerous accolades and endorsements from his peers, including designation from Chambers USA as a leading lawyer and recognition from the Daily Journal as one of California's Top 100 Attorneys and Top 75 Intellectual Property Lawyers.

A 1973 honors graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Van Nest obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, 1st, 4th and 9th Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he serves as chair to the Bay Area Legal Aid's Development Committee. He also serves on the State Bar Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, and he is an annual lecturer for the CEB Developments in Torts.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 30%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Securities & Corporate Finance
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Securities Law


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

Articles about Robert A. Van Nest appearing in Super Lawyers

About Robert A. Van Nest

First Admitted: 1978, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm 
  • NVIDIA Corporation v. Qualcomm Inc. 
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Arista Networks, Inc. 
  • Round Rock Research LLC v. SanDisk Corporation 
  • EMC Corporation v. Pure Storage Inc. 
  • Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc. 
  • Plaintiffs v. Automobile Manufacturers 
  • Apple Inc. v. HTC Corp 
  • In Re: Qualcomm Antitrust Litigation 


  • , Intellectual Property, Daily Journal, California Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • , Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2012
  • , Intellectual Property MVP, Law360, 2012
  • , Top Defense Verdict, Daily Journal, 2012
  • , Litigator of the Week and Litigator in the Spotlight, American Lawyer, 2012
  • , Lawyer of the Year, The Recorder, 2012
  • , California Lawyer of the Year, Intellectual Property, California Lawyer, 2013
  • , Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2014
  • , Recommended Leading Trial Lawyer, Legal 500, 2015
  • , Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2010-Present
  • , Top 75 Intellectual Property Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2009 - Present
  • , Top Defense Verdict, Daily Journal, 2016, Oracle v. Google and Cisco v. Arista
  • , Intellectual Property Litigation (Band 1), Commercial Litigation (Band 3), Chambers, 2016
  • , Litigator of the Week, AmLaw, 2016
  • , Intellectual Property Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2016
  • , Benchmark Litigation Star, 2017
  • , Litigator of the Week, AmLaw, 2016
  • , IP Star, Managing IP (MIP) Magazine, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Annual Lecturer, CEB Developments in Torts  

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Member, State Bar Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
  • Chair, Development Committee, Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • California 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, First, Fourth and Ninth Circuits

Educational Background

  • Stanford University, B.A., with honors, 1973 
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Office Location for Robert A. Van Nest

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-391-5400

Fax: 415-397-7188

Last Updated: 2/16/2022

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