Robert Scott Lawrence
Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly

15615 Alton Parkway
Ste 250
Irvine, California 92618, United States
Phone: 9497593810 Ext:.32
Fax: 9497593812
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Toxic Torts
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Practice/Organization Description

I am a commercial litigator and intellectual property lawyer at Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly. The firm is comprised of former AmLaw100 attorneys who have a broad range of experience in commercial litigation, and regularly takes complex business disputes to trial in state and federal courts.

My law practice encompasses a variety of litigation matters, ranging from complex commercial disputes to white collar criminal defense. I have represented clients in federal and state courts in cases involving copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, securities violations, bank fraud, tax fraud, toxic torts, unfair competition, and civil and criminal racketeering.

While my initial focus was on bank fraud and tax fraud in federal court, over the years that has evolved to a focus on fraud in all its aspects, and led me to trade secret misappropriation and disputes between companies and their former employees regarding copyright and patent ownership. Some years ago, I became involved in a series of intellectual property cases involving theft of trade secrets, parody as a defense to copyright infringement, and a novel application of the the unfair competition laws to internet search engine optimization.

In non-IP matters, I have been deeply involved in a toxic tort case which I tried (and won) twice, and which went up on appeal twice as well. Several years ago, I defended a hedge fund and its principal in a self-dealing case brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which was dismissed on terms favorable to my clients. My current cases include a series of class action lawsuits involving allegations of false advertising and unfair competition, and several partnership disputes which are slated for trial in 2017.

When I am not in court, much of my time is dedicated to other intellectual property pursuits, including writing for the popular blog Who Is Your Lawyer? and lecturing on copyright and trademark law in the context of literature, film and art.

Bar Admissions

I have been admitted to practice in state and federal court California and Illinois since 1995, including the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois. I am also admitted to practice before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.


University of California at San Diego, B.A., 1991

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1995

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

- Litigation Section

- Intellectual Property Section

- Environmental Section

California State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Martindale AV-Rated

Who's Who Legal

PILI Fellow

EAP Scholar

Merit Scholar

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