Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2012

Professional Affiliations

Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association, Membership Chair, 2016
Orange County Bar Association

Community Involvement

The Alliance for Children's Rights
Public Counsel
Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County

Education

UCLA School of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

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Robert D. Estrin

Counsel
Los Angeles
T: 310.299.5500
F: 310.299.5600
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Robert Estrin is counsel in M&R’s Los Angeles office. He specializes in high stakes commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes.

An effective and efficient advocate, Rob focuses on obtaining great results while minimizing costs and inconvenience to his clients. He has done so in a variety of cases litigated on behalf of Fortune 500 companies (e.g., Google and ExxonMobil), financial institutions, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and famous singers. In fact, Rob is unbeaten at trial. His comprehensive knowledge of business issues – the same ones that puzzle many other lawyers – has contributed to this unblemished record.

Rob is a member of M&R’s Advertising & Digital Media Industry Group. Outside the office, he has committed himself to serving Southern California’s impoverished communities, having won the prestigious Kaye Scholer Pro Bono Award while at his former firm in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015. His many pro bono accomplishments include successfully returning full ownership for several homeowners who were induced by fraud to sign quitclaim deeds.

Representative Matters

Commercial & Business Litigation: Obtained an eight-figure verdict after a seven-day federal court trial on behalf of a full-service global private aviation company that sued its former Assistant Director of Operations for breach of contract and breach of duty of loyalty and associated entities for intentional interference with contractual relations. The case stemmed from the ex-employee stealing the aviation firm’s customers.

Complex Commercial Litigation: Obtained an award of $520,000 in attorneys' fees against the counter claimant after prevailing at trial on behalf of a client facing breach of contract and false advertising counterclaims.

Intellectual Property Litigation: Successfully represented Sequenom, Inc., and exclusive licensee of pioneering patents relating to noninvasive prenatal diagnostics. Representation included winning a key reversal of the trial court’s claim construction and convincing the federal circuit to vacate the trial court’s denial of Sequenom’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Intellectual Property Litigation: Obtained seven-figure jury verdict on behalf of Experian’s subsidiary after a five-week trial in a cybersquatting and trademark infringement case. 

Intellectual Property Litigation: Secured a jury verdict of non-infringement on behalf of Google, Inc. after a two-week trial in a patent infringement lawsuit relating to digital rights management technology.

Intellectual Property Litigation: Cleared Motorola Mobility LLC of infringement allegations on all five asserted patents.

Class Action Defense: Obtained denial of class certification in defense of Avon Products against plaintiffs’ alleged claims of false advertising concerning Avon’s anti-aging products.

Complex Commercial Litigation: Successfully defended The Walt Disney Company against plaintiffs’ claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Complex Commercial Litigation: Obtained a complete defense judgment on behalf of ExxonMobil Corporation in regards to plaintiffs’ mass tort claims relating to the Ujima Village apartment complex in Los Angeles.

Commercial Litigation: Obtained dismissal with prejudice for defendant Allan Brown after successful summary judgment briefing.

Commercial Litigation: Obtained 10-figure settlement for plaintiffs after defeating defendants’ motion for summary judgment in a breach of contract and fraud case.

Employment Litigation: Secured judgment as a matter of law in favor of ExxonMobil Corporation after three days of trial dismissing claims of retaliatory discharge and wrongful termination by a former ExxonMobil employee.

Entertainment Litigation: Successfully represented Grammy winning singer and actress Jill Scott by obtaining a favorable settlement allowing her to proceed with her singing career under a new and more favorable recording contract. 

Entertainment Litigation: Successfully defended multi-platinum selling singer and television star Brandy Norwood against breach of contract claims.

Trademark Infringement/Sanctions Award: Obtained a massive $250,000 sanctions order for the failure of a defendant and its attorney in a trademark infringement case to participate in discovery. A judge in the United States District Court issued his staggering ruling after the defendant neglected to respond to our client’s discovery requests and then refused to abide by the Court’s order to provide responses to interrogatories and produce documents, which was requested by way of our comprehensive motion to compel.