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.


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
Supreme Court: "There are a great many immoral and scandalous ideas in the world . . . and the Lanham Act covers them all."
INSIGHT: Words Not Fit for Polite Company? The Brunetti Case (pdf)
Bloomberg Law
Trademark Registration of a Dirty Word: Is the Supreme Court Game?
Supreme Court Preview: FUCT (pdf)
Media Law Resource Center, Inc.


The Legal 500 US
Intellectual Property: Copyright (2019)
Intellectual Property: Copyright and Trademark Litigation (2011)
Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Litigation (2009-2010)
Trademarks: Litigation and Dispute Resolution (2007)
Managing Intellectual Property
"IP Star" (DC) (2013-2019)
Chambers USA
Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (DC) (2015-2019)


  • 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

Email Disclaimer