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Bob Van Nest is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who frequently handles high-stakes cases for clients such as Google, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and American Honda. His practice ranges widely over the field of complex business litigation and intellectual property. He has tried cases involving patent infringement, securities fraud, trademarks, commercial contracts and antitrust.

Mr. Van Nest is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. His honors include being named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, and listed as one California's Top 75 Intellectual Property Lawyers and one of its Top 100 Attorneys by The Daily Journal

Mr. Van Nest joined Keker & Brockett as an associate in 1979, becoming a partner in 1982.

Bob Van Nest is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who frequently handles high-stakes cases for clients such as Google, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and American Honda. His practice ranges widely over the field of complex business litigation and intellectual property. He has tried cases involving patent infringement, securities fraud, trademarks, commercial contracts and antitrust.

Mr. Van Nest is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. His honors include being named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, and listed as one California's Top 75 Intellectual Property Lawyers and one of its Top 100 Attorneys by The Daily Journal

Mr. Van Nest joined Keker & Brockett as an associate in 1979, becoming a partner in 1982.

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Daily Journal Names Four Keker Partners Among Top IP Lawyers

August 16, 2017

The Daily Journal has named Keker, Van Nest & Peters partners Christa Anderson, Brian Ferrall, Ashok Ramani and Robert Van Nest among the top intellectual property lawyers in California. Read more

Making It Look Easy: Storytelling in Complex Technology Trials

May 09, 2017

During the ABTL program, Keker, Van Nest & Peters lawyers will share their approaches to educating the jury, telling a compelling story, and building a trial strategy. Read more

Two Keker, Van Nest & Peters Trial Teams Win CLAY Awards

03/15/2017

Eleven lawyers from two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams representing Google and Arista received California Lawyer of the Year awards from the Daily Journal for intellectual property trial wins. Read more

Trial Victory for Google Wins Top Defense Verdict Award for 2016

February 17, 2017

The jury accepted Google’s “fair use” defense in the copyright case, zeroing out Oracle’s billion dollar claim. Read more

Trial Victory for Arista Wins Top Defense Verdict Award for 2016

February 17, 2017

The defense verdict KVP obtained at trial for Arista against Cisco’s copyright and patent claims earned the firm second place as the Top Defense Verdict of 2016 Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Wins Two Top Defense Verdicts of 2016

February 17, 2017

Bob Van Nest led two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams on behalf of clients Google and Arista, respectively, that were recognized as top defense verdicts in California. Read more

IP Group of the Year: Keker & Van Nest

January 25, 2017

Trial wins for Google and Arista in high stakes patent and copyright cases led to Keker & Van Nest being named IP Group of the Year by Law360. Read more

Bob Van Nest Named Litigator of the Week

12/15/2016

Bob Van Nest cements himself as Silicon Valley’s copyright defense lawyer. Read more

Arista Beats Cisco’s $335M Copyright Claim with an Unusual Defense

12/15/2016

After a two-week trial, a San Jose jury has cleared Arista Networks of allegations that it infringed copyrights and patents belonging to Cisco Systems. Read more

The National Law Journal’s Winning Litigators: High Stakes, Significant Victories

12/05/2016

Bob Van Nest was selected as one of the year's best litigators. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Adding Elliot Peters as Name Partner

11/14/2016

Keker & Van Nest is preparing to add Elliot R. Peters as a name partner in recognition of his years of outstanding service for the firm. Read more

The Technology Enigma – A 21st Century Trial

Oct 5-9, 2016

Mr. Van Nest will speak at the ABTL's annual conference. Read more

Picking and Persuading – Voir Dire, Jury Selection, and Advocacy

09/08/2016

Bob Van Nest and his fellow panelists will discuss the ins and outs of jury selection and how the process lays the groundwork for the well-tried case. Read more

Pure Storage Spanks EMC in Court

09/02/2016

A federal court in Delaware threw out a March 2016 verdict holding that Pure Storage must pay $14 million for violating an EMC software patent. Read more

Pure Storage Wins New Trial In $14M EMC Patent Win

09/02/2016

The ruling keeps alive Pure Storage’s challenge of the unfavorable verdict in which jurors decided EMC, the largest computer storage company in the world, was owed $14 million in royalties by its rival, a Mountain View, Calif.-based outfit that went public last year. Read more

Four Partners Named to List of the 75 Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California

08/17/2016

Bob Van Nest, Christa Anderson, Ashok Ramani and David Silbert were chosen for their groundbreaking work on behalf of established tech titans and cutting-edge Bay Area startups. Read more

Law360 Names Keker & Van Nest's Robert Van Nest An Icon Of IP

06/27/2016

“I’ve worked with a handful of great trial lawyers, and he is certainly among them. There are very few people who can run a case like Bob can run a case,” said Catherine Lacavera, director of IP and litigation for Google Inc. Read more

Litigators of the Week: Robert Van Nest and Christa Anderson

06/03/2016

With $9 billion on the line, Google Inc. never lost faith in its lawyers at Keker & Van Nest. That decision paid off late last week after a second trial in the case, when a jury sided with the online search giant. Read more

How Oracle Went from Nine Zeros to One Zero

06/01/2016

Google's lead attorney Robert Van Nest and his team won an epic victory in a courtroom battle between two Silicon Valley giants. Read more

International Bar Association's Annual Litigation Forum

04/27/2016

Robert Van Nest's panel will address "Effective Litigation of Complex Technology Disputes; the Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Litigation Process." Read more

Victories for Instacart, Qualcomm, and the San Diego County Water Authority Earn Recognition in the Recorder's Litigation Department of the Year Awards

02/26/2016

The awards recognize California litigation practices that delivered exceptional results on their clients' most critical and challenging matters. Read more

Trial Lawyers Brace for Blockbuster Cases in 2016

01/04/2016

Robert Van Nest is set to reprise the "World Series of IP" this spring. He's also set to defend Arista Networks over patent and copyright claims brought by rival Cisco Systems in November. Read more

Samsung, Qualcomm Triumph At ITC In Nvidia Patent Fight

12/15/2015

The ITC cleared Samsung and Qualcomm of violating a pair of Nvidia graphics patents in a case that could have barred certain Samsung products from the U.S. market, upholding an administrative law judge's decision and ending its investigation of the Korean smartphone giant. Read more

Samsung did not infringe Nvidia graphics chip patents: U.S. ITC

10/09/2015

Robert Van Nest and his team score an important victory in the ITC, winning on all three patents. Read more

Daily Journal Names Three KVN Partners to its List of the Top 100 Lawyers in California

09/09/2015

John Keker, Robert Van Nest and Elliot Peters have been named to this prestigious list. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Jury Verdict for SanDisk In Patent Dispute With Round Rock

01/30/2015

A Delaware federal jury found that two patents held by patent holding company Round Rock Research LLC covering flash drives and memory cards were invalid, following an eight-day trial in a patent infringement case against SanDisk Corp. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Named Top Litigation Boutique

10/15/2014

One name mentioned by virtually everyone the Daily Journal spoke to was Keker & Van Nest. Lawyers at some of the best firms in California said they model themselves after the litigation powerhouse. Read more

Brian Ferrall and His Team Score Another Patent Win for Intel in the Federal Circuit

09/17/2014

The Federal Circuit declined to review a ruling in a semiconductor patent dispute that found infringement suits must be thrown out when the co-owner of a patent decides not to participate. Read more

John Keker, Bob Van Nest and Elliot Peters Named to Daily Journal’s 2014 “Top 100”

09/10/2014

Three Keker & Van Nest partners named to the exclusive list of California's top attorneys. Read more

Judge Sides With SanDisk in Trade Secrets Fight

06/24/2014

Sandisk lead counsel Jeff Chanin and his team won a preliminary injunction requiring South Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. to hand over the alleged secrets. Read more

Fed. Circ. Tosses University's Patent Suit Against Intel

06/09/2014

The Federal Circuit day affirmed a district court's dismissal of a suit brought by the University of New Mexico's patent arm alleging Intel Corp. infringed a patent for lithographic methods used in semiconductor manufacturing Read more

Keker & Van Nest Scores for Google in Patent Proxy Fight With BT

05/27/2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to revive patent infringement claims targeting Google Inc. over its lucrative Adsense program. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Medtronic Reach Global Settlement in Heart Valve Patent Litigation

05/21/2014

The settlement wipes out two large jury awards that had raised the threat of an injunction against potentially lifesaving heart valve technology. Read more

Bob Van Nest and Ashok Ramani Named to Daily Journal's List of Top 75 IP Attorneys

04/09/2014

Winners helped to advance technological innovation and chance the law, handling work critical to the future of the technology and other industries. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Partners Named Top 100 Lawyers in California

09/11/2013

John Keker, Bob Van Nest and Elliot Peters chosen for prestigious list. Read more

Bob Van Nest and Christa Anderson Lead Google to Victory in Patent Infringement Case

04/18/2013

Suffolk Technologies alleged the Google Adsense advertising placement technology infringed one of Suffolk’s patents. Read more

Bob Van Nest Named One of California's Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators

04/17/2013

Mr. Van Nest was chosen for successfully representing Google and HTC in landmark cases. Read more

Bob Van Nest Wins the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

02/15/2013

Mr. Van Nest won the intellectual property category for defeating Oracle's $6 billion copyright and patent claims over Android operating technology. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Awarded Top Defense Verdict of 2012

02/13/2013

Christa Anderson offers her insights into how Keker & Van Nest defeated Oracle Corp.'s $6 billion copyright and patent case on behalf of Google. Read more

Bob Van Nest Named One of the Recorder's Attorneys of the Year

02/11/2013

The Recorder selected Mr. Van Nest for leading the team which defended Google from Oracle's $6 billion copyright and patent claims over technology in the Android operating system. After a six-week trial against formidable opponents, Mr. Van Nest's client was on the hook for precisely $0. Read more

Impeachment!

01/29/2013

Bob Van Nest will speak before the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Read more

Mobile Patent Wars: Any End In Sight?

12/07/2012

Bob Van Nest comments on the current Apple/Android wars. Read more

Law360 Names Bob Van Nest Intellectual Property MVP

12/05/2012

He earned the title by leading Google to a sweeping victory in a patent and copyright suit brought by Oracle, and representing HTC in its recently-settled smartphone patent dispute with Apple. Read more

Copyright Suit Over UCLA Video Streaming Thrown Out

11/21/2012

The suit, the first of its kind in the nation, alleged UCLA violated the copyrights of educational-video makers when it implemented a system for streaming videos online to students and faculty. Read more

On Behalf of HTC, Keker & Van Nest Secures Deal To End Smartphone Patent Suits

11/14/2012

As lead counsel for HTC, we helped our client reach a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a 10-year license agreement. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Partners to Speak at BASF's Unmasking Diversity Summit

11/13/2012

BASF’s Equality Committee is bringing together thought leaders to discuss the advancement of diversity in the legal profession. Read more

Bob Van Nest Will Speak Before the Association of General Counsel

10/11/2012

Mr. Van Nest will be a panelist for "The Patent Wars," the fall meeting of the AGC. Read more

Three Partners Named Top 100 Lawyers in California

09/12/2012

John Keker, Robert Van Nest and Jon Streeter are included in prestigious list. Read more

23 Keker & Van Nest Attorneys Named "Best Lawyers"

08/28/2012

The firm receives top rankings for bet-the-company, intellectual property, criminal defense, securities, commercial, legal malpractice, and appellate litigation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Bid to Arbitrate Class Action

07/18/2012

The class action accuses Google of creating unfair terms of use for its online SuperPoke! Pets game, which the company shut down in March amid outcry from users who had "invested" real dollars on in-game pet customization. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Top Rankings from Chambers

06/08/2012

Listed as Band 1 attorneys in white collar, commercial litigation and intellectual property. Read more

How Robert Van Nest Led His Team to Victory in the "World Series of IP Trials"

06/06/2012

Google lawyer sticks to his guns: facing long odds Robert Van Nest, wins over judge and jury. Read more

Robert Van Nest Named Litigator of the Week

05/24/2012

American Lawyer chose Mr. Van Nest for defeating Oracle Corp. in its multi-billion dollar intellectual property battle with Google over Java technology. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Complete Victory for Cutting-Edge Surgical Robotics Company

05/24/2012

Michael Celio and Robert Van Nest defeat securities class action. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Defense Verdict for Google in High-Stakes Battle with Oracle

05/23/2012

Keker & Van Nest bested Oracle's legal team, who were unable to secure any significant wins during the multiphase five-week trial. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Drastically Limits Damages in Copyright Phase of Oracle v. Google Smartphone War

05/07/2012

Partial verdict in Oracle-Google case seen as setback for Oracle. Read more

Robert Van Nest and Elliot Peters Named to List of Top 75 Intellectual Property Lawyers

04/06/2012

Lawyers on this list worked on the world's cutting-edge issues and had the greatest impact on their clients and their area of law. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Leads Trial Team Which Disposed of NY AG's Antitrust Suit

02/14/2012

The New York Attorney General claimed Intel violated federal and state antitrust statutes by maintaining an illegal monopoly in the microprocessor market. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Win Sweeping Victory in Copyright Case

10/05/2011

A California federal judge dismissed a breach of contract suit alleging the University of California, Los Angeles, violated the copyrights of educational-video makers when it implemented a system for streaming videos online to students and faculty. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Lawyer of the Year in IP, Patent, Legal Malpractice

10/04/2011

John Keker, Robert Van Nest and Susan Harriman win "Lawyer of the Year" for IP, Patent Litigation and Legal Malpractice respectively. Read more

17 Partners Selected for 2012 Best Lawyers in America

09/01/2011

Keker & Van Nest partners were recognized in more than ten categories, including bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense, and intellectual property litigation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Fights Class Action on Behalf of Electronic Arts Inc.

06/10/2011

The class action was brought by retired NFL players who claim the video game maker used their likenesses without permission. Read more

Robert Van Nest and David Silbert Named Top IP Litigators

04/06/2011

The Daily Journal names Keker & Van Nest partners Robert Van Nest and David Silbert to its list of Top 75 intellectual property litigators in California. Read more

Robert Van Nest and Jeffrey Chanin Named Top IP Litigators

04/07/2010

The Daily Journal recognizes their work on cutting-edge IP issues Read more

Q&A With Robert Van Nest

November 17, 2009

Keker & Van Nest's name partner talks about his most challenging case, an area of IP law that needs reform, and a lawyer outside the firm that he finds impressive. Read more

Robert Van Nest's Success Handling a Patent Case Before the ITC is Profiled

08/01/2007

Robert Van Nest's work convincing the ITC to ban the importation of Qualcomm chips that infringe on Broadcom patents is profiled. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Deflects Patent Infringement Lawsuit for Intel In Plaintiff-Friendly District

11/29/2006

Intel Corp. has successfully fended off a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas potentially worth billions of dollars, attorneys for the Santa Clara semiconductor firm announced Tuesday. Read more

A Mouse Among Elephants

02/22/2005

Keker & Van Nest boasts a client list resembling a who's who of the Fortune 500 Read more

On Everyone's Short List

12/11/2001

Keker & Van Nest has spent a decade transforming itself into one of the nation's best and leanest IP litigation firms. Read more