Prior to joining Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly LLP as a partner in 2017, Mr. Lawrence was a partner and senior counsel at several prominent West Coast litigation boutiques. He is Martindale AV Preeminent Rated, ranked as one of Orange County’s top attorneys in litigation (OC Register Metro – 2015) and intellectual property (OC Register Metro – 2014), and has been named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list as a Top Rated Attorney in Intellectual Property Litigation.


Mr. Lawrence’s practice encompasses a broad variety of litigation matters, ranging from complex commercial disputes to white collar criminal defense. He represents clients in federal and state courts in cases involving copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, securities violations, bank fraud, tax fraud, toxic torts, unfair competition, and civil and criminal racketeering. He also has extensive experience in commercial mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Lawrence’s accomplishments include the following:

  • Successfully prosecuted copyright infringement action against a large public company ($7 million settlement – 2017)
  • Successfully argued before the California Court of Appeals in a contract dispute after denial of defendant’s post-judgment motion for attorney’s fees (2017)
  • Prevailed in federal court dispute over the award of $400,000 in attorney’s fees (2017)
  • Defended partner in a six-week bench trial over the validity of an $8 million capital call (2016)
  • Successfully argued the appeal of a trademark action before the Ninth Circuit after the district court reversed the jury verdict (2014)
  • Obtained the dismissal of a foreign corporation on jurisdictional grounds in a copyright case seeking $350 million in damages (2014)
  • Successfully prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty case against former officers and directors of 1st Pacific Bank ($8.25 million settlement – 2014)
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendants the week before trial in a $10 million fraud action brought by investors against a technology company and its officers (2013)
  • Successfully prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty claims by partner in historic San Francisco parking garage ($2 million settlement – 2013)
  • Successfully prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty case against former officers and directors of Temecula Valley Bank ($4.1 million settlement – 2012)
  • Successfully defended telecom company in four-month jury trial where plaintiffs sought $641 million for injuries relating to groundwater contamination (2009)
  • Successfully resolved lawsuit brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission seeking $32 million against several hedge funds and their principal (2005)
  • Successfully defended a real estate developer in two-month jury trial in which an unlicensed broker sought a $10 million success fee (2004)
  • Successfully prosecuted misappropriation of trade secret case involving DWDM filters for telecom company (settled week before trial)
  • Successfully prosecuted false advertising lawsuit related to internet keyword searches (settled after TRO imposed)
  • Successfully defended trademark/copyright infringement suit brought by the band Phish (settled after injunction denied)
Other representative matters include:
  • Monster Energy Co. v. HRHH Hotel/Casino, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11965 (C.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Falcon Stainless, Inc. v. Rino Cos., 572 Fed. Appx. 483 (9th Cir. Cal. 2014)
  • Lang Van v. VNG Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155289 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 8, 2014)
  • Torres v. Nutrisystem, Inc., 289 F.R.D. 587 (C.D. Cal. 2013)
  • Prime Partners IPA of Temecula, Inc. v. Chaudhuri, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67070 (C.D. Cal. 2012)
  • ProLink Holdings Corp. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119222 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2011)
  • Sunham Home Fashions, LLC v. Diamond State Ins. Co., 813 F. Supp. 2d 411 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)
  • Clark v. Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. (2008) 165 Cal. App. 4th 150
  • Apple Computer, Inc. v. Podfitness, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36347 (N.D. Cal. May 9, 2007)
  • Sam v. Crump, 2007 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1425
  • Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Beasley, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33725 (N.D. Cal. 2005)
  • Boscoe v. HCV Pacific Partners, San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. 411531 (2004)
  • J. K. Harris & Co. LLC. v. Kassel. 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7862 (N.D. Cal. 2002)
  • Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. v. Cierra Photonics, Sonoma Superior Court, Case No. 225419 (2002)
  • Phish. Inc. v. Knight, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. C 011147 PJH (2002)
  • United States v. Stoecker, 920 F. Supp. 876 (N.D. III. 1996)
  • United States v. Kim, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7842 (N.D. Ill. 1996)

Robert S. Lawrence

PracticesBusiness Litigation
Intellectual Property


Northwestern University
School of Law, Chicago
Juris Doctor
University of California
San Diego
Bachelor of Arts


U.S. District Court,
Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court,
Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court,
Northern District of California
U.S. District Court,
Central District of California
U.S. District Court,
Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals,
Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Phone(949) 759-3810 x32
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