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Virginia’s Go To Lawyers for Business Law 2022 — Rob Powers

Rob Powers
Attorney, McClanahan Powers
Falls Church

Your specialty:

I primarily serve as outside general counsel to a variety of businesses located throughout the country, counseling these businesses on IP rights (copyright and trademark), corporate compliance, employment regulations, data privacy, and litigation matters.

Signature case or transaction:

I served as defense counsel in a landmark trademark case, Interprofession du Gruyere, et al. v. International Dairy Foods, in which I obtained a successful motion for summary judgment. The case is currently on appeal in the 4th Circuit.

Outlook for 2022:

More judicial interpretation, specifically from the state Supreme Court, on the pro-employee related statutes passed during COVID. I also expect to see changes to employment policies and the application of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act.

Working with clients:

Client communication is one of the cornerstones of our practice. The best feedback I’ve ever received from a client was gratitude for simplifying and translating complex legal matters in way that the average person could understand them.

Advice:

Take risks, which we did in 2011 when we started the firm with just myself and another attorney. The second-best advice was to timely confirm receipt of any emails, even if unable to respond substantively at that moment. Simple communication goes a long way.