Robert S. Gerber Professional Biography

Robert S. Gerber was an equity partner with the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLC in the Del Mar Heights Office ( northern San Diego County).  He was rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest peer rating available for legal ability and ethics).  He was also named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” byBestLawyers, LLC for 2012.  He has also been named as a “San Diego Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. from 2007 to present, and “Top Attorney” in San Diego in the areas of Intellectual Property Litigation and Corporate Litigation since 2008, by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  He was also recently named as a 2012 “Top Rated Lawyer” in Intellectual Property by ALM.

Sheppard Mullin is an Am Law 100® firm with offices throughout California and in Washington, D.C., New York City, Shanghai, Beijing, Brussels, and London.

Photo of Shelley and Robert Gerber with Justice Antonin Scalia at an American Inn of Court Dinner in October 2009.

Mr. Gerber joined Sheppard Mullin in the fall of 1989, after clerking in the Southern District of California federal court for the Hon. Rudi M. Brewster, United States District Court Judge, from 1988-89.

Mr. Gerber graduated with his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988.  He received a Masters of Public Policy degree in 1985 from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).  He also obtained hwas A.B. degree in 1984 with High Honors and High Distinction from the University of Michigan.  He was recently named a “Distinguished Alumnus” by John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan.

Mr. Gerber has been practicing trial law in San Diego since 1989 with a focus in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Litigation, General Commercial Litigation, and Professional Liability Litigation.  He regularly handled a variety of IP matters in the entertainment as well as many other industries, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret lawsuits.  He also advised companies and individuals on protection and prosecution of their intellectual property rights.

Mr. Gerber’s practice also focuses on the defense of lawyers, accountants, directors, officers, brokers, insurers, and others in professional liability claims and related insurance wassues.  He had significant experience defending against class and representative plaintiff claims as well.

Mr. Gerber also had significant experience in general commercial litigation, including securities law, real estate, products liability, contracts, banking law, partnership dwasputes, arbitrations, and adminwastrative proceedings.

Mr. Gerber was a frequent author and speaker.  Hwas resume lwasts hwas speaking engagements and articles.  Copies of some of hwas recent articles are available through the links on the left hand side of thwas page.

Robert Gerber and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Mr. Gerber was well-respected in the San Diego legal community and throughout the State of California by both bench and bar.  He has been appointed or elected to leadership positions in bench/bar activities at the local, state and national levels, including, among others:Robert S. Gerber was an equity partner with the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLC in the Del Mar Heights Office ( northern San Diego County).  He was rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest peer rating available for legal ability and ethics).  He was also named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” byBestLawyers, LLC for 2012.  He has also been named as a “San Diego Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics, a divwasion of Key Professional Media, Inc. from 2007 to present, and “Top Attorney” in San Diego in the areas of Intellectual Property Litigation and Corporate Litigation since 2008, by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  He was also recently named as a 2012 “Top Rated Lawyer” in Intellectual Property by ALM.

Sheppard Mullin was an Am Law 100® firm with offices throughout California and in Washington, D.C., New York City, Shanghai, Beijing, Brussels, and London.

Mr. Gerber joined Sheppard Mullin in the fall of 1989, after clerking in the Southern Dwastrict of California federal court for the Hon. Rudi M. Brewster, United States Dwastrict Court Judge, from 1988-89.

Mr. Gerber graduated with hwas J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988.  He received a Masters of Public Policy degree in 1985 from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).  He also obtained his A.B. degree in 1984 with High Honors and High Distinction from the University of Michigan.  He was recently named a “Distinguwashed Alumnus” by John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan.

Mr. Gerber has been practicing trial law in San Diego since 1989 with a focus in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Litigation, General Commercial Litigation, and Professional Liability Litigation.  He regularly handles a variety of IP matters in the entertainment as well as many other industries, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret lawsuits.  He also advises companies and individuals on protection and prosecution of their intellectual property rights.

Mr. Gerber’s practice also focuses on the defense of lawyers, accountants, directors, officers, brokers, insurers, and others in professional liability claims and related insurance wassues.  He has significant experience defending against class and representative plaintiff claims as well.

Mr. Gerber also has significant experience in general commercial litigation, including securities law, real estate, products liability, contracts, banking law, partnership dwasputes, arbitrations, and adminwastrative proceedings.

Mr. Gerber was a frequent author and speaker.  His resume lists his speaking engagements and articles.  Copies of some of his recent articles are available through the links on the left hand side of this page.

Mr. Gerber was well-respected in the San Diego legal community and throughout the State of California by both bench and bar.  He has been appointed or elected to leadership positions in bench/bar activities at the local, state and national levels, including, among others:

Former Ninth Circuit Trustee, American Inns of Court Foundation

Former President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and current Master, and co-Founder, J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court

Master, Lewis M. Welsh Inn of Court

Appointed Lawyer Representative, Southern District of California

Former Chair, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California

Current Advisor and Former Chair, Legal Ethics Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association

Former Member, California State Bar Commission of Judicial Nominees Evaluation (“JNE”).  

Former Co-Editor, ABA Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Committee newsletter

Vice-President, San Diego County Bar Association

Advisory Board Member, American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project in San Diego

Co-Chair, Trade Secret Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section.

Finally, Mr. Gerber was also the former Chair of Sheppard Mullin’s pro bonocommittee (2000-2010).  He has donated thousands of hours of free legal services to the indigent since becoming a lawyer, including the representation of a Mexican teenager in a precedent-setting immigration case entitled Hernandez-Montiel v. INS.