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  • B.A. with honors from Johns Hopkins University – 1981
  • J.D. cum laude from University of Pennsylvania Law School – 1984


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2010)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2005)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (1998)
  • U.S. Court of International Trade (1992)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1988)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (1987)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (1987)
  • District of Columbia (1986)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (1985)
  • Pennsylvania (1984)

Robert P. Parker


Robert Parker joined Rothwell Figg in February 2013, following 14 years as a partner in the Litigation Department of a global general practice firm. His practice has focused on complex civil matters involving technology, regulatory, and commercial issues. Mr. Parker has represented clients in intellectual property litigation in federal district courts and at the International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 337. He also has litigated in state courts, in the Court of International Trade, and before the Federal Election Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Dispute Resolution. He has represented clients in international (ICC) and domestic (AAA) arbitrations. An experienced appellate lawyer, Mr. Parker has argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, District of Columbia, Fourth, and Eleventh Circuits. He has been named a Washington, DC Superlawyer in the area of IP litigation.

Mr. Parker has also played a leading role in prominent internal investigations for clients addressing accounting, regulatory, and compliance issues. He led an internal investigation into ethics and compliance practices at The Boeing Company, and he co-led an investigation into accounting and governance practices at Fannie Mae. He was a lead attorney for the "Rudman Commission," which in 1995 restructured the National Association of Securities Dealers and its relationship with the NASDAQ Stock Market.

Significant litigation matters in which Mr. Parker has been a lead counsel include:

  • Represented Nichia Corporation in an ITC Section 337 proceeding involving laser diodes; case was resolved with a favorable settlement following Nichia's filing of motions for summary determination supported by the ITC Staff. 
  • Represented Doosan Infracore and related entities in matters arising from their $4.9 billion acquisition of the Bobcat® construction equipment and other businesses; successfully resolved a nine-figure purchase-price adjustment claim in a proceeding before an accounting expert.
  • Represented Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in an ITC Section 337 proceeding involving air conditioning condensers.
  • Defended DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corp. in federal district court and before the Trade mark Trial and Appeals Board in connection with Lanham Act, antitrust, and unfair competition claims concerning the familiar DVD logo and the specifications for the standard DVD formats. The district court claims were dismissed by the district court, and plaintiff withdrew its appeal to the Ninth Circuit.  The TTAB dismissed most of the challenger's claims, and challenger withdrew. Mr. Parker also represents DVD FLLC in licensing and customs matters.
  • Represented Hitachi Metals (formerly NEOMAX/Sumitomo Special Metals) in an ITC Section 337 proceeding, securing a general exclusion order; he also successfully defended a collateral challenge to the ITC order, and through a series of law suits, established a unique licensing network.
  • Represented Nidec Corporation in patent infringement litigation (E.D. Tex.) involving spindle motors; the case resolved by a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a major Japanese firm in domestic and international arbitrations involving licensing and construction contracts in the power industry.
  • Represented NEC Corporation in a lawsuit asserting a violation of NEC's due process rights in a Commerce Department antidumping investigation; represented NEC in several matters    relating to an antidumping order involving televisions, resulting in a multi-million dollar refund of duties; represented NEC's interests in the AMD v. Intel antitrust lawsuit.
  • Advised a major Asian company in connection with the termination of a license agreement; the matter was resolved without litigation through a unique "technology audit."
  • Represented Carnival Corporation in a decade-long dispute with the U.S. Government over harbor maintenance fees assessed on cruise lines.

Mr. Parker is a past president of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, and he served as counsel to the chairman of the ITC from 1988-1991. He has lectured on legal matters in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and has taught as an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and the George Mason University Law School.

Mr. Parker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1960. He received his B.A. degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1981. He spent his senior year as an undergraduate (1980-81) studying at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, and working at the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis and, later, in the International Affairs Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Mr. Parker is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1984). He is a member of the District of Columbia bar and the Pennsylvania bar (inactive), as well as the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, District of Columbia, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Maryland, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.  Mr. Parker's admission to the Federal Circuit bar was on the motion of Circuit Judge Oscar Davis, for whom he was a law clerk in 1984-85. He is included in the Washington DC Super Lawyers list (2013).

Mr. Parker served for over 10 years on the board of the National Council for Adoption, and as chairman of the NCFA from 2003-05 helped to manage the organization's transition following the death of its founder. He has also served on the board of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Parker has participated in a number of pro bono matters, as lead attorney and as a supervisor of junior lawyers. He has represented disabled individuals in lawsuits against the federal government under the Rehabilitation Act, including Jeffrey Glassman v. Hillary Clinton, and Lynch v. Bennett, 665 F.Supp. 62 (D.D.C. 1987). He also was counsel of record on amicus briefs filed in San Remo Hotel, L.P. v. City and County of San Francisco, 525 U.S. 323 (2005), and Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc., 547 U.S. 47 (2006). Chief Justice Rehnquist's concurrence in San Remo Hotel called particular attention to the brief filed by Mr. Parker and his colleagues.


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