Roy Niedermayer

Roy Niedermayer


Roy Niedermayer focuses his practice in litigation, primarily complex commercial and business litigation, and estates & trusts from the trial through appellate processes. He excels in risk management - he identifies and assesses business and economic risk in each of his cases and discusses alternative strategies in light of probable outcomes to determine the best cost-benefit course of action.

Roy utilizes decision tree outcome analysis, determining what factors affect risk, how to reduce risk, and where to focus effort for successful outcomes after assigning probabilities of success. When first meeting with a client, Roy seeks to learn the client’s goals and objectives. In so doing he understands what success means to the client, and how to proceed with the business and litigation strategy to maximize the best result for the client. He is client-focused and results-oriented.

Roy is primarily engaged in business counseling, complex commercial litigation involving commercial transactions, business torts, estates, trusts and wills litigation, insurance coverage and indemnity claims, commercial/trade secrets, real estate development and construction, and corporate matters. 

He has also represented creditors with claims and on committees in Chapter 11 reorganization and Chapter 7 liquidations, as well as individuals in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings in federal bankruptcy and state insolvency actions. Roy has also negotiated out-of-court workouts on behalf of debtors and creditors that often avoid bankruptcy or insolvency altogether. He has extensive experience in estate/trust and probate litigation including will contests. Roy’s cases often involve complex, substantial assets, and require creative and tenacious solutions. His skills, judgment, and commitment in these matters make him a valuable resource to each of his clients.

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1972, cum laude
  • Yale University, A.B., 1969, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Tax Court
Accolades & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America - Best Lawyers (2020-2024)
         - Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers
         - Tier 3 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Maryland Super Lawyers (2007-2008, 2010-2018)
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2007-2008, 2010-2018)
  • “Legal Advocacy Award for Civil Rights” from the Anti-Defamation League
  • Nominated for the American College of Trial Lawyers “Courageous Advocacy” Award
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • "Estate & Trust Litigation Can Be Avoided: It's All in the Planning," co-authored with Wayne Eig, MSBA Bar Bulletin - Estate & Trust Law Focus, 2010
  • “Demonstrative Evidence: Worth A Thousand Words,” Special Litigation Report of Legal Times, 1994
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Peer Review Committee for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
  • Board of Governors for the Association of Yale Alumni
  • Regional Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League
In The News
  • Roy Niedermayer and Art House Honored by Washington SmartCEO
  • Roy Niedermayer Appointed Regional Director of Yale Clubs in Washington, D.C.
  • Roy Niedermayer Elected to the Governing Board of the Association of Yale Alumni
  • Trish Weaver and Roy Niedermayer File Brief in US Supreme Court in Estate Case
Community Affiliations
  • Former President of the Yale Club of Washington D.C.
Speeches & Presentations
  • "Simple Wills Educational Seminar for VA, MD & DC" Presenter, Aga Khan Northeast Economic Planning Board, September 2020
  • "Lease/Rent Negotiations" AGA KHAN Economic Planning Board Northeast Region Presents, June 2020
  • "Force Majeure and Insurance Coverage Issues During the Pandemic," MSBA Webinar, April 2020
  • "Senior Financial Abuse: What Bankers Need to Know," First National Bank, August 2017
  • "Men’s Club Program - Senior Financial Abuse," Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, March 2017
  • "Age & Stage Program - Senior Financial Abuse," Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, November 2016
  • “Implementing the Estate Plan: Anticipating and Avoiding Litigation,” MICPEL (2009)
Representative Matters

After obtaining an AAA arbitration award (a) removing trustees who violated fiduciary duties by dissipation of trust assets and (b) awarding a recovery of $800,000 against the removed trustees, the award was reduced to a judicial judgment in the Circuit Court. The judgment was successfully affirmed on appeal in the Court of Special Appeals, including the award of additional judgment interest to the judgment creditor on a cross-appeal.

Represented personal representative of estate on appeal and obtained affirmation of Montgomery County, MD Orphans’ Court judgment upholding the estate’s denial of $150,000 creditor claim for personal services.

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