Roderick G. Dorman - McKool Smith PC

Roderick G. Dorman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 213-694-1006

Roderick Dorman is a Principal in the Los Angeles office. For over 30 years, he has successfully represented major corporations and entrepreneurs as lead trial counsel in complex business disputes, antitrust matters, and intellectual property litigation.  Mr. Dorman’s success in resolving disputes, both inside and outside of the courtroom, springs from the unique perspective gained by having served in nearly every possible legal capacity. His legal career started as a client (in-house lawyer for Conoco, Inc), continued as a federal prosecutor (trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division), then proceeded as a partner and lead litigator in firms he founded, in a nationally recognized intellectual property boutique firm, and a national, full-service firm where he co-chaired the Patent and Technology Group world-wide.

Mr. Dorman has served as lead counsel for leading public companies, including Avery Dennison Corporation, Seagate Technology, Inc. and Move, Inc, among others. He has also served as national, lead trial counsel for intellectual property matters for Gemstar Development Corporation—a company that grew from a start-up to having a $7 billion market cap as a result of successfully acquiring, licensing, and enforcing its patent portfolio. For over two decades, Mr. Dorman has represented and counseled the noted inventor and infomercial personality, Ron Popeil, and his affiliated business entities in connection with major commercial and intellectual property litigation.

While Mr. Dorman’s practice involves a broad range of business, partnership, and intellectual property disputes, he focuses heavily on the prosecution and defense of patent cases.  Mr. Dorman has been lead trial counsel in over 200 patent cases and has argued over 20 appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  These cases have involved pharmaceuticals, medical products, wireless telecommunications, automotive paint films, reformulated fuels, post-tension concrete, chip design, computer software, and a host of other technologies.

Princeton University University of MiamiJ.D. 1976
American Bar AssociationFederal Bar AssociationLos Angeles Intellectual Property AssociationLos Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar AssociationLitigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2004 - 2005)Federal Courts Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2008 - 2011)

Office Location

865 South Figueroa Street, Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Patent of the Los Angeles Metro Area
Roderick G. Dorman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent