August 11, 2009

CHICAGO—Aug. 11, 2009—Chicago-based law firm Much Shelist announced the addition of Robert K. Neiman as a Principal in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. Neiman was most recently a Partner in the Chicago office of Reed Smith LLP and Sachnoff & Weaver (prior to its combination with Reed Smith). Earlier in his career, Neiman was a Partner with Holleb & Coff in Chicago, as well as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon of Illinois. Before entering the legal profession, Neiman had a successful career in journalism. Most notably, he co-produced an Emmy Award-winning investigative report for Chicago public television station WTTW.

Neiman is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on health care regulatory counseling and litigation, employment-related counseling and litigation, and commercial litigation, including insurance coverage matters and other business disputes. His clients include long-term care, assisted-living and supportive-living facilities; home health care agencies; ambulatory surgical centers and sleep centers; and individual physicians and physician groups. He advises his clients on regulatory, compliance and business issues, helping them identify and implement measures designed to minimize the likelihood and impact of government disputes. The majority of his career has been focused on serving middle-market clients.

Neiman has successfully defended clients facing a wide range of employment-related issues, such as non-compete and trade-secret agreements, as well as harassment, discrimination, and wrongful discharge claims. Additionally, he has experience representing auto parts manufacturers, insurance agencies and other businesses in general commercial litigation.

"Bob's passion for the middle market and his overall client-service philosophy make him a great fit for Much Shelist," said Mitchell S. Roth, Co-Chair of the firm's Lateral Task Force. "Not only does he bring decades of broad litigation experience, but the longevity of his client relationships proves his commitment to our firm's core ideal: high-quality, client-focused service."

"I was drawn to Much Shelist because it provides an environment that is conducive to serving my clients efficiently and at reasonable rates," said Neiman. "I could tell from the beginning that Much Shelist was run like a true law firm, rather than a corporation that happens to practice law. The attorneys treat their clients as clients, not just as customers or revenue sources, and they treat each other as partners, not just as lawyers who happen to practice under the same roof. This philosophy is what distinguishes a profession from a business, and an integral part of what makes this firm special."

Neiman is a member of the American, Illinois and Chicago bar associations, as well as the American Health Lawyers Association. He regularly speaks on a broad array of health care and employment-related topics at trade association conferences and client seminars. Neiman holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.