Bob Mittelstaedt is described in Chambers as "one of the finest trial lawyers in the state," an "all-purpose" and "phenomenal" litigator, "tenacious and thorough." He has 40 years experience in complex commercial cases, including antitrust, copyright, unfair business practice, international law claims under the Alien Tort Statute, and employment law — in industries ranging from software to energy. He also has been responsible for the defense of nationwide class actions and for complex arbitrations, grand jury, and other criminal matters.
His trials include a Daily Journal "Top Verdict" in a 2016 IP case; defending a lead paint maker against public nuisance charges by government entities; representing SAP against Oracle in a high-stakes copyright case; and a defense jury verdict in a high-profile Alien Tort Statute case recognized as the "California Defense Verdict of 2008" by the Daily Journal and for which he received the California Lawyer "Attorney of the Year Award for Litigation" (an honor he received for other cases multiple times since). Other trials include a defense jury verdict in a monopolization case after a three-month trial, a declaratory ruling that Hawaii's rent control law was unconstitutional (later overturned by the Supreme Court), a wrongful death trial in Los Angeles federal court, and jury trials as an acting public defender.
Bob has served as a director of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. He has spoken and written on trial practice and civil discovery. Before starting his legal career, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia.
- February 23, 2012
Executive Roundtable Series: International Litigation and Arbitration: Offensive and Defensive Trends for Corporate Counsel
"One of the finest trial lawyers in the state" — Chambers
- University of Virginia (J.D. 1973; Order of the Coif); Claremont Men's College (B.A. magna cum laude 1969)
"Top 100 Lawyers in California," Daily Journal (2009, 2012-2014)
California Lawyer — 2015 CLAY Award, Legal Profession; 2009 CLAY Award, Litigation
American Lawyer "Litigator of Week" for Bowoto v. Chevron defense verdict, December 2008
The Best Lawyers in America — commercial litigation (since 2007)
PLC Which lawyer? — competition/antitrust (2008-2009)
- Law Clerk to Judge William P. Gray, United States District Court, Los Angeles (1973-1974)