Roberta Horton focuses her practice on trademark, domain name, and copyright law. She handled one of the first cases challenging domain name infringers, and assisted in writing the statute protecting trademark owners against domain name infringers. She litigates both before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Ms. Horton has represented clients in many industries including: sports, food, telecommunications, tobacco, and hospitality. She also represents numerous nonprofits, including the environmental organization EarthShare and the largest children's literacy organization nationwide, Reading Is Fundamental.

Ms. Horton has been ranked in Chambers (Washington DC region), IP Legal 500 and listed in the 2010 Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law.

Ms. Horton is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and a graduate of Yale Law School. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the Honorable Sam J. Ervin III.


  • Major tobacco company in enforcing its rights in its name and logo, which consistently is among the top ranked brands in the country.
  • Philip Morris v. Otamedia. One of the leaders of a national team representing Philip Morris USA Inc. in its pursuit of numerous vendors who sold, over the Internet to US customers, illegally imported MARLBORO® cigarette. Obtained judgment of US$173,734,291.62 Led submission of amicus brief on behalf of 18 companies and trade associations in Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google Inc., Docket No. 10-2007, which was the subject of significant national attention.
  • Mladenovic v. Swarovski North America Limited et al. Representation of defendants in copyright case.
  • Philip Morris v. New Image Global, Inc. Representation of plaintiff in trademark suit.

Perspectives Domain Names Get Their Due
High Court Case Highlights Stale TM Test
Appellate Law 360, Corporate Law 360, Hospitality Law 360, Intellectual Property Law 360, Retail & E-Commerce Law 360, Technology Law 360, Telecommunications Law 360
Trademark Protection for ".coms": How Far Should It Reach?
Trademark Users Watch Your Step: No Willfulness Necessary for Awarding an Infringer's Profits
Supreme Court: "There are a great many immoral and scandalous ideas in the world . . . and the Lanham Act covers them all."
Media Law Resource Center


Managing Intellectual Property
"IP Star" (DC) (2013-2021)
Chambers USA
Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (DC) (2015-2021)
WTR 1000
Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy (DC) (2021)


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1986
  • BA, Yale University, 1983, summa cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, The Honorable Sam J. Ervin
  • French

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