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Neil Roman
Neil K. Roman
Partner
New York +1 212 841 1221 nroman@cov.com Download V-card

Neil Roman has more than 30 years’ experience litigating a wide range of civil matters, including trademark, copyright, insurance coverage, and antitrust.

Mr. Roman has litigated these matters for an equally wide variety of clients. He 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 is involved with high profile matters for BP (Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill litigation) and Samsung (LCD panel antitrust litigation), and he recently tried a trademark infringement action against clothing manufacturer and retailer Quiksilver, winning a multi-million dollar verdict.

  • Trademark matters, including Select Auto Imports v. Auto Sales, No. 1:15-CV-00679 (E.D. Va.), and QS Wholesale, Inc. v. World Marketing, Inc., No. 8:12-cv-00451 (C.D. Cal.), in both of which he served as lead trial counsel.
  • Insurance coverage matters, including National Presbyterian Church, Inc. v. GuideOne Mutual Insurance Co., 2015 WL 571655 (D.D.C. 2015), where he served as lead counsel and argued and won the key pretrial motion.
  • Copyright matters, including National Football League v. PrimeTime 24 Joint Venture, 211 F.3d 10 (2d Cir. 2000), arguing successfully on an issue of first impression before the Court of Appeals, and 131 F. Supp. 2d 458 (S.D.N.Y. 2001), serving as lead trial counsel and winning a large statutory fee award on remand, and CBS, Inc. v. PrimeTime 24 Joint Venture, 9 F. Supp. 2d 1333 (S.D. Fla. 1998), serving as co-lead counsel and winning judgments following evidentiary hearings.
  • Antitrust matters, including In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1827 (N.D. Cal.), including in related state court actions that are still ongoing, and White v. National Football League, 41 F.3d 402 (8th Cir. 1994), following which he represented the NFL for years, including in evidentiary proceedings before special masters under the collective bargaining agreement between the League and the NFL Players Association.
  • Other civil litigation matters, including In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La.), where he is serving as co-lead counsel for cases arising under the Oil Pollution Act, and In re Estate of Ferdinand E. Marcos Human Rights Litigation, 536 F.3d 980 (9th Cir. 2008), where he took the deposition of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and others.

Previous Experience

  • Cable News Network, writer, Atlanta, Georgia (1981-1982)   
  • The Washington Star, writer, Washington, D.C. (1980-1981)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, IP Litigation (2013-2016)
  • Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property - Trademarks: Litigation (2012-2016) and Marketing and Advertising (2014)