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Nic Marais

Associate

During his nine years in prime-time broadcasting, Nic Marais spent every day developing crucial communication skills: transforming complicated ideas into interesting stories; maintaining focus in an unpredictable environment; and handling the pressures of live radio before an audience of 1.3 million people. Mr. Marais has interviewed hundreds of sophisticated subjects, with guests ranging from global leaders and Nobel laureates, including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk, to internationally acclaimed athletes, authors, singers, and movie stars, including Charlize Theron and Morgan Freeman. As a litigator, Mr. Marais applies his extensive experience to our clients' advantage at every turn—conducting depositions, relating arguments to a judge, and framing complex legal questions in a way that juries will find interesting and relatable.

Before joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the fall of 2011, Mr. Marais interned at the New York City Law Department's Special Litigation Unit.

Mr. Marais is a 2:53 marathoner, a regular cyclist, and a licensed skydiver. He is fluent in Afrikaans.

During his nine years in prime-time broadcasting, Nic Marais spent every day developing crucial communication skills: transforming complicated ideas into interesting stories; maintaining focus in an unpredictable environment; and handling the pressures of live radio before an audience of 1.3 million people. Mr. Marais has interviewed hundreds of sophisticated subjects, with guests ranging from global leaders and Nobel laureates, including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk, to internationally acclaimed athletes, authors, singers, and movie stars, including Charlize Theron and Morgan Freeman. As a litigator, Mr. Marais applies his extensive experience to our clients' advantage at every turn—conducting depositions, relating arguments to a judge, and framing complex legal questions in a way that juries will find interesting and relatable.

Before joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the fall of 2011, Mr. Marais interned at the New York City Law Department's Special Litigation Unit.

Mr. Marais is a 2:53 marathoner, a regular cyclist, and a licensed skydiver. He is fluent in Afrikaans.

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Keker & Van Nest Wins Sanctions from SEC

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On behalf of a former Silicon Valley executive accused of accounting fraud, Keker & Van Nest has won a round in their battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission, landing sanctions against the commission for dragging its heels in discovery. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Comcast Shake Contract Claims in Networking IP Row

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A Delaware federal judge dealt a blow to British Telecommunications PLC in a pair of suits claiming infringement of several of data networking patents it has licensed, tossing the corporation's contracts counterclaims against Cox Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. Read more

When Seeking Associates, Many Firms Seek Alternative Experience

06/05/2013

Many firms are seeking associates like Nic Marais, whose nonlegal experience as a prime-time broadcaster helps him communicate and connect with clients. Read more