Neil Roman

Neil K. Roman

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5695




  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1985
    • cum laude
  • Bowdoin College, A.B., 1980
    • magna cum laude
    • The Bowdoin Orient, Editor-in-Chief

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Thomas Penfield Jackson, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1985-1986

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Neil Roman is a partner whose areas of practice include civil litigation, including trademark, copyright, and insurance coverage litigation, as well as sports, labor, and antitrust law.  Mr. Roman served for over a decade as lead national copyright litigation counsel for the National Football League and has since 2004 served as lead national trademark litigation counsel for the American Automobile Association (AAA); he also has an active insurance coverage practice on behalf of policyholders.  In addition, Mr. Roman serves as one of the firm’s Managing Partners for Legal Personnel, having previously served as one of the hiring partners.

Representative Matters

  • American Automobile Association v. AAA Clubs of America, No. 1:13-civ-20345 (S.D. Fla.)
  • QS Wholesale, Inc. v. World Marketing, Inc., No. 8:12-cv-00451 (C.D. Cal.)
  • The Gillette Company v. OneBeacon America Insurance Co., No. 07-5102-BLS2 (Massachusetts Superior Court)
  • In re Estate of Ferdinand E. Marcos Human Rights Litigation, 536 F.3d 980 (9th Cir. 2008)
  • National Football League v. PrimeTime 24 Joint Venture, 211 F.3d 10 (2d Cir. 2000) and 131 F. Supp. 2d 458 (S.D.N.Y. 2001)
  • CBS, Inc. v. PrimeTime 24 Joint Venture, 9 F. Supp.2d 1333 (S.D. Fla. 1998)
  • White v. National Football League, 41 F.3d 402 (8th Cir. 1994)

Previous Experience

  • Cable News Network, writer, Atlanta, Georgia, 1981-1982
  • The Washington Star, writer, Washington, DC, 1980-1981

Honors and Rankings

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, IP Litigation (2014)
  • Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property - Trademarks: Litigation (2012-2015) and Marketing and Advertising (2014) 

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