Rodney Satterwhite, McGuireWoods / Richmond
Rod tries employment and intellectual property cases in state and federal court. Most recently, he was trial counsel for DuPont in its trade secret litigation against Kolon Industries, in which the jury awarded DuPont $919.9 million dollars. Best Lawyers in America has recognized Rod in the areas of Employment Law and Technology Law for the last five consecutive years.
Focusing his practice on trade secret and noncompetition laws, federal employment discrimination laws and the Family and Medical Leave Act, he has litigated claims in state, federal and administrative courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th circuits. He has also represented corporate clients in responding to administrative charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in managing investigations conducted by that agency. In this context, Rod advises clients on hiring and termination decisions, drafting and implementing employment policies, and guarding intellectual property through employment agreements and trade secret policies. In all of these areas, he prosecutes or defends client interests in court.
Also experienced with issues relating to technology in the workplace and the courtroom, Rod advises clients on the legal issues relating to information systems and technology in the workplace, among them issues such as e-mail, social media and Internet privacy. He also helps clients develop effective solutions to the growing risks and costs associated with document retention and electronic discovery. Having served as McGuireWoods Chief Counsel for Knowledge Management for five years, he combines an in-depth understanding of technology with sensitivity to unique business needs and cost concerns.
Rod also assists clients in the application of technology to litigation management. He participates in the design and development of extranets that enable improved attorney-client collaboration and communication in litigation and transactional work. As a litigator and a former technology consultant, he draws on his experience in both areas to bridge the gap between technology and the practice of law. He can counsel companies on ways to improve efficiency in the delivery of legal services, such as the implementation of case management and litigation support systems.
Daniel P. Westman, Morrison & Foerster / McLean
Daniel Westman is a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster and managing partner of our Northern Virginia office. Mr. Westman has represented management in employment, trade secret, employee mobility, and computer fraud litigation and counseling matters since 1982, having practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area until 1999, and in the Mid-Atlantic from 1999 to the present. He has successfully tried numerous preliminary injunction matters on behalf of companies and executives in noncompetition, trade secret, and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act cases. Mr. Westman also counsels executive management regarding corporate codes of conduct required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He is recognized as a leading attorney in employment and labor law by Chambers USA (2010 – 2013), Best Lawyers in America (2007 – 2014), and Super Lawyers (2006 – 2013). He is also listed in Washington SmartCEO’s Legal Elite (2009) for Litigation and Legal 500 US (2010 – 2013) for Trade Secrets.
Mr. Westman obtained his A.B. in history, with distinction, from Stanford University in 1978. He obtained his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1981, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Wisconsin, from 1981 to 1982. Mr. Westman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits; numerous federal district courts; and before the highest courts of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California.