ROBERT N. HOCHMAN is an appellate advocate with a wealth of experience persuading appellate courts in high stakes litigation. In a recent report by Reuters, he was identified as one of a “small group of lawyers with outsized influence at the Supreme Court.” He has earned the trust and confidence of several of the world’s most respected businesses. His clients reflect a diverse range of industries including computer software, medical devices, life sciences, banking, insurance and financial services, air and rail transportation, and others. He has won appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, state Supreme Courts and federal and state appellate courts covering a broad range of issues, including patent law, class action standards, federal preemption, pleading standards, state tax and regulatory standards, contract disputes, and others. Rob’s effective advocacy had led to appellate victories reinstating a $800 million arbitration award in favor of Seagate (Seagate Technology LLC v. Western Digital Corp. (Minn. 2014)), and reversing two awards greater than $500 million against Microsoft regarding claims of infringement against various of its software products (Lucent Techs. v. Microsoft, (Fed. Cir. 2009) and Eolas Techs. Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed Cir. 2005)).
Rob’s counsel is valued not only for his ability to prevail in court, but also for his judgment in guiding clients through the uncertainty of litigation. Clients have turned to Rob to evaluate the ultimate prospects of a litigation to inform investment decisions and settlement negotiations. He also frequently helps shape strategic decisions during trial court litigation, including presenting motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, motions in limine and jury instructions, and post-trial motions. Rob knows that he most effectively serves his clients by working cooperatively with trial teams, both during trial court litigation and on appeal. His leadership as an appellate advocate includes actively soliciting and benefiting from the judgment of those other professionals who have won his client’s trust.
Recent appeals Rob has led and argued include:
- Grandalski v. Quest Diagnostics, Inc. (3d Cir.), concerning denial of class certification for nationwide consumer fraud claim regarding medical billing.
- E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. v. Medtronic Vascular, Inc., (Delaware Supreme Court), concerning contract dispute regarding patent royalty payments.
- Hartney Fuel Oil Co. v. Hamer, (Illinois Supreme Court), concerning the situs of Illinois Retail Occupancy Tax.
- AlmondNet v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir.), concerning claim construction issues in patent infringement case.
- Watkins v. DineEquity, Inc., et al., (3d Cir.), concerning interpretation of New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act.
- Solargenix Energy, LLC v. Acciona S.A., (Ill. App. Ct.), concerning personal jurisdiction.
Rob frequently presents at panels regarding legal developments at the Supreme Court and other appellate courts. He also serves as an instructor in the Supreme Court Practice law clinic at Northwestern University. He served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court, and to Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.