Robert Shwarts, a partner in the San Francisco office, is the Chair of Orrick's Global Trade Secrets Practice Group. Rob is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully litigated more than 30 trials and arbitrations in commercial litigation, employment and intellectual property matters.
He has extensive experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex trade secret misappropriation cases in state and federal court, and he has conducted numerous TRO and preliminary injunction hearings in aid of these cases.
Rob has broad experience in commercial litigation, having successfully litigated claims of securities fraud, lender liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of warranties, claims arising from securitization transactions and other business fraud.
Rob's experience in employment-related litigation includes defending claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment and breach of contract. His practice also includes counseling relating to trade secret misappropriation and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.
He regularly represents U.S. and international clients with significant California presence, including numerous financial services companies. His experience includes jury and non-jury trials, as well as AAA, JAMS and FINRA (formerly NASD and NYSE) arbitration hearings.
Rob serves as the chair of the Firm’s Practice Management Committee, and is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. Rob previously served as head of the San Francisco office. Rob contributes pro bono hours to the Humane Society and Point Blue Conservation Science each year.