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Robert Niesley

Robert Niesley – construction and suretyship specialist

Rob Niesley focuses his practice in the areas of construction and suretyship. He has successfully tried cases in state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and various arbitration forums.

After a recent 2013 jury trial success wherein Rob’s client recovered punitive damages against the defendant, the client commented: “Rob’s cross-examination of the defendant’s SVP/General Counsel was unrelenting. Machine gun fire would have been kinder/gentler. . . . The closing was a gem. Rob shared a great story (I could almost smell campfire smoke).”

Robert Niesley’s litigation practice focuses upon the prosecution of construction affirmative claims against private and public owners throughout the United States. Robert Niesley is an expert in handling cases involving differing site conditions, lost productivity and construction delay claims. He has handled lawsuits involving all types of construction projects including, but not limited to: bridges, hotels, resorts, high-rises and mid-rises, dams, wharfs, freeways, airports, military facilities, schools, universities, student housing, subdivisions, sewage treatment facilities, underground sewer and water, prisons, city jails, harbor and bay dredging, environmental remediation, fire safety, luxury homes, streets, gutters, sidewalks, and parking structures.

 


Contact Information

  rniesley@watttieder.com
   +1 (949) 852 6700


Education

  • 1987 – University of San Diego – Juris Doctor
  • 1984 – University of San Diego – Bachelor of Arts


Publications & conferences

  • Program Co-Chair: “Construction Damages: An In-Depth Analysis,” American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2013
  • Speaker: “Litigating Performance Bond Claims,” American Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Midwinter Meeting, January 2012
  • Author and Speaker: “Payment Bond Claims Handling and the Law of Bad Faith,” Chapter 14, Law of Payment Bonds, American Bar Association, June 2011
  • Author and Speaker: “Performance Bond Options,” Chapter 3, Law of Performance Bonds, American Bar Association, 2009
  • Speaker: “Anatomy of the Claims Process – Bonds versus Subcontractor Default Insurance,” National Association of Surety Bond Producers, Regions 1, 2 and 3 Annual Meeting, October 2007
  • Speaker: “Fraudulent Transfers and the Surety,” Pearlman Conference, 2006
  • Speaker: “The Contractor, the Surety and the Federal Government,” a WTHF seminar, multiple locations throughout 2004
  • Speaker: “Construction Scheduling 101: Understanding Construction Scheduling, Critical Path Analysis, Delay, Disruption and the Rights of the Surety,” a WTHF seminar, multiple locations throughout 2003
  • Author and Speaker: “Spearin 101 – Understanding the Implied Warranty of the Accuracy of Plans and Specifications,” American Bar Association Midwinter Meeting 2001
  • Editor: Model Surety Jury Instructions, American Bar Association, 2000
  • Contributing Editor: Shepard’s California Construction Law Reporter, 1999


Qualifications & memberships

  • Member of the Global Construction & Infrastructure Legal Alliance (GcilA)
  • American Bar Association
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Vice Chair, 2011 – Present
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Construction Law Subdivision, Co-Chair, 2011
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
GcilA's Geoffrey Smith will be speaking at the 4th Global Procurement Conference in Rome on July 8 & 9. https://t.co/KM01MRCGnZ
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GcilA's Marc Frilet recognized by @whoswholegal as one of the leading #construction #lawyers in France. https://t.co/7n7qIoNd7D
Seminar 24 June: Intl. #Construction #Law: Bridging Common And Civil Law; is standardisation possible? More at: https://t.co/dLq9X06FVb
Take a look at Watt Tieder's most recent newsletter including a two-page spread about GcilA. https://t.co/SFMl0Czq82
ICLA holds it's inaugural seminar in Paris. Speakers include GcilA's Marc Frilet, Jack Tieder & Wolfgang Breyer.https://t.co/VzYI0hLrcE
New Project Spotlight: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://t.co/YMriv26htG #litigation #construction
GcilA developed a unique Knowledge Center that aggregates over 600 documents, files and presentations. Read more: https://t.co/4vsRtlrHFF
Join us for our workshop in November. Speakers include Michel Démarre, Marc Frilet, Wolfgang Breyer, and more. https://t.co/SaqG5nikNf #law
Take a look at the upcoming events with #GcilA participation. http://t.co/5BvLocirog #construction #training
Breyer Rechtsanwälte joins the Global Construction & Infrastructure Legal Alliance! http://t.co/CxGrkiTAx9 - #construction #law #Alliance
Our member firm Karila Société d’Avocats launched its brand new website, available in English and French. http://t.co/NfsjzM73O7
New Project Spotlight: Watt Tieder represented SWAI in arbitration proceedings in Taiwan | http://t.co/gByjlXRrm2 | #disputes #arbitration
The @MEDEF_I hosts the formal launch of the International Centre of Excellence on PPP policies, law and institutions. http://t.co/LMFQBQoTAA
CBIC & CICA conference on infrastructure/PPP in Brazil. GcilA's Marc Frilet and Chris Wright were expert speakers. http://t.co/6peUPNxY84