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Rhonda R. Trotter is a trial lawyer who represents businesses around the country in a variety of commercial disputes, including complex commercial, intellectual property, life sciences, entertainment, products liability, employment, business torts, breach of contract, and false advertising.

Rhonda has tried several cases to verdict as "first chair," including, in November 2019, a widely-reported federal court jury trial in which she obtained on behalf of Planned Parenthood a multi-million dollar verdict on all claims against anti-abortion activists for RICO, trespass, fraud, illegal recording, and contract violations. In another federal court jury trial, she obtained on behalf of the owner of the freecreditreport.com trademark a seven-figure cybersquatting verdict, and a defense verdict on counterclaims for fraud on the PTO and antitrust violations.

She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she was Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review, winner of the McBaine Moot Court Honors Program, and recipient of the Stephen Finney Jamison Award for outstanding scholarship and advocacy. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Experience

  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as lead trial counsel, in jury trial of claims against anti-abortion activists for RICO, trespass, fraud, and other violations. Obtained multi-million dollar verdict after six-week trial. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, et al. v. Center for Medical Progress, et al. (N.D. Cal.).
  • Philip Morris USA, as co-trial counsel, in two Engle progeny tobacco cases tried to state court juries in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, Florida.
  • City of Los Angeles, as co-trial counsel, in multi-billion dollar dispute with the City of Ontario concerning operation and ownership of the Ontario International Airport. City of Ontario v. City of Los Angeles, et al. (Riverside Superior Court).
  • Experian subsidiary, as lead trial counsel, in a five-week trial on behalf of for cybersquatting and trademark infringement of FreeCreditReport.com® trademark. Obtained seven-figure jury verdict and complete defense verdict on counterclaims for cancellation based on alleged genericism, fraud on the Patent and Trademark Office, and antitrust violations. ConsumerInfo.com Inc. v. Chang, et al. (C.D. Cal.).
  • Allegiance Telecom Liquidating Trust, as lead trial counsel, in obtaining favorable US$50+ million verdict against Carl Icahn's XO Communications, Inc. in a bench trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The dispute arose out of a US$600 million telecommunications asset purchase. In re Allegiance Telecom (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Major hotel chain, as co-trial counsel, in obtaining favorable settlement during jury trial against sexual harassment and discrimination claims in San Diego Superior Court. Wright v. Wyndham Hotels, Inc. (San Diego Superior Court).
  • Experian subsidiary, as lead trial counsel, in obtaining stipulated injunction and favorable settlement on first day of trial in trade dress and trademark infringement case. ConsumerInfo.com, Inc. v. Mighty Net Inc. (C.D. Cal.).

Recognition

The Legal 500 US
Intellectual Property: Copyright (2018–2019, 2021–2022)
General Commercial Disputes (2021)
Managing Intellectual Property
"Trademark Star" (California) (2023)
"Copyright Star" (California) (2023)
"IP Star"(California) (2013-2022)
"Top 250 Women in IP" (2014, 2017-2021)
World Trademark Review 1000
Enforcement and Litigation (CA) (2013–2024)
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Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University

Admissions

  • California

Activities

  • Member, National Board of Directors, A Better Chance, Inc.
  • Former Board Member, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Former Board Member, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT)
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