Rob Addy has represented plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of multi-million and billion-dollar cases across the country. He has significant trial and pretrial experience in all types of large, complex cases, with a particular emphasis on patent and antitrust work. Past clients include Fortune 50 companies, small businesses, local technology startups, private equity firms, and major pharmaceutical manufacturers. He has litigated before eighteen different federal district courts, three federal appeals courts, five state courts, as well as the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. A former journalist who helped produce Emmy-award winning documentaries for PBS, Rob’s focus as a litigator is finding creative ways to convey complex stories to judges and juries.
From 2020 through 2021, Rob served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado, where he was a member of the team that conducted a patterns and practices investigation into the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue. The Aurora investigation was the first of its kind in Colorado history and documented a consistent pattern of racially discriminatory law enforcement practices, which led to the imposition of a five-year consent decree between the City of Aurora and the State of Colorado.
Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Faculty of Federal Advocates, an organization committed to improving the quality of legal practice in Colorado federal courts. In 2023, he was appointed as a co-chair of the FFA’s Civil Pro Bono Panel committee, which is responsible for managing the District of Colorado’s civil pro bono panel reimbursement fund.
Tricarichi v. PricewaterhouseCoopers (Nevada State Court)
Successfully defended PwC in an accounting malpractice case brought by a former client seeking nearly $30 million in damages. Obtained a complete victory in a bench trial after successfully arguing a motion that reduced the Plaintiff's claimed damages by over 30 percent. The Court found in favor of PwC on every element of Plaintiff's negligence claim, and further determined that PwC had proven that the Plaintiff's claim was time-barred.
Ashton Woods L.L.C. v. USG Corp., et al. (E.D. Pa.; N.D. Cal.)
Defended the leading U.S. drywall manufacturer against Sherman Act and state-law price fixing claims brought by twelve of the nation's largest homebuilders. Secured summary judgment on liability in favor of clients United States Gypsum Company and USG Corp. This decision came after the court denied summary judgment to multiple co-Defendants. The case against a distributor subsidiary, L&W Supply, settled shortly before trial.
EEOC v. FedEx Ground (W.D. Pa.)
Trial counsel for FedEx Ground in an enforcement action brought by the EEOC under the Americans With Disabilities Act. EEOC filed claims on behalf of roughly 300 deaf FedEx Ground package handlers from dozens of facilities around the country, alleging that FedEx Ground failed to provide a variety of reasonable accommodations to these employees, such as ASL interpreters at meetings. Bartlit Beck was brought in to take over the matter after nearly a decade of investigation, conciliation, and litigation with EEOC. Along with a team of lawyers from three different firms, Bartlit Beck crafted a strategy that led to a favorable settlement in May 2020, prior to a single deposition being taken.
Aurora Pattern & Practice Investigation (Denver, CO)
Appointed by Attorney General Phil Weiser to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado on the team conducting a patterns and practices investigation into the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue. Participated in all aspects of the 14-month investigation, leading (with another Bartlit Beck partner) a detailed statistical analysis of over three million records obtained from Aurora Police. This analysis served as the principal evidence of the team’s core finding that Aurora Police had a pattern and practice of racially biased policing, treating people of color (and Black people in particular) differently from their white counterparts. Also served as a principal author of the team’s 112-page report, which received widespread national media attention and led to the entry of a five-year consent decree between the State of Colorado and the City of Aurora. The decree requires Aurora to make significant reforms to its policing practices, under the supervision of an independent monitor and the Arapahoe County District Court.
Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S and 3Shape Inc. (D. Del.)
Trial counsel for plaintiff Align Technology (maker of the popular Invisalign system) in action alleging 3Shape’s infringement of certain Align patents that claim technology for monitoring patient progress and converting three-dimensional digital models of teeth into physical models.
U.S. Airways v. Sabre (S.D.N.Y.)
Counsel for Sabre in an antitrust action relating to a contract between U.S. Airways and Sabre concerning Sabre's Global Distribution System. After a two-month trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on one claim and damages of 1% of what plaintiff had sought on the second claim.
Legal Malpractice Claim for Large Consumer Goods Manufacturer (Illinois State Court, Cook County)
Hired as trial counsel six weeks before trial in case alleging legal malpractice relating to advice on antidumping and countervailing duties. After two-week trial, judge permitted case to go to the jury and jury returned defense verdict.
Xarelto Products Liability Litigation (E.D. La.)
Represented Bayer in lawsuits alleging personal injuries caused by the novel oral anticoagulant Xarelto. Responsible for case work-up in two federal bellwether cases, obtaining summary judgment of non-liability in one case.
Realtime Adaptive Streaming v. Wowza Media Systems (U.S. District Court, Colorado; Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation)
Represented Wowza Media Systems in patent litigation brought by a non-practicing entity in the District of Colorado. Defeated a motion to centralize twenty-three patent cases into multidistrict litigation. Case settled shortly thereafter.
Tessera Semiconductor Patent Litigation (U.S. District Court, E.D. Texas and N.D. California)
Trial counsel for Tessera enforcing groundbreaking patents related to semiconductor operation. Settled claims against Spansion for $25 million and with STATS Chippac, Siliconware, AMD, ChipMOS, Freescale, ASE, and STMicroelectronics for confidential amounts.
Cindy S. Whitmill v. Denver Housing Authority (Denver County Court)
Complete trial victory in pro bono case for client, a public housing resident, who was wrongfully evicted by the Denver Housing Authority.
Angelotti Chiropractic, Inc., et. al. v. Baker (C.D. Cal.)
Obtained preliminary injunction for a group of independent medical care providers who were challenging the constitutionality of SB 863, a law that imposed dramatic new fees under California's workers compensation system.
American Airlines v. Sabre Inc. et al. (N.D. Tex., Tarrant County, Tex.)
Trial counsel for Sabre in breach of contract and antitrust actions relating to the display of American's flights and fares in Sabre's Global Distribution System. American claimed $1 billion in damages. Jury trial in Texas state court. Case settled favorably during trial.
Bayer Schering Pharma AG & Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Watson Labs, et al. (D. Nev.)
Obtained summary judgment of validity, infringement, and enforceability for Bayer Schering in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation against challengers seeking to market generic versions of oral contraceptive YAZ®.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International v. Agrigenetics, Inc. (S.D. Ind.)
Trial counsel for Pioneer in a dispute with Agrigenetics and its parent Dow AgroSciences concerning the marketing of Pioneer seed genetics through particular distribution channels. Case settled during trial after Pioneer prevailed on a Daubert challenge to plaintiffs' damages expert, and after openings and cross-examination of plaintiffs' first witness.
ICE Corporation v. Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation et al. (10th Cir.)
Counsel for Hamilton Sundstrand and Ratier-Figeac in appeal of adverse jury verdict on a misappropriation of trade secrets claim under Kansas law. Obtained reversal of $9 million punitive damages award before the Tenth Circuit and prevailed on remand before the district court. Case settled favorably during subsequent appeal of the district court's remand decision.
In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation (E.D. Mo.)
Defeated class certification in large MDL action for Bayer CropScience in litigation related to the presence of a strain of genetically-modified rice in the U.S. commercial rice supply. Ruling upheld on appeal.
JDS Technologies, Inc. v. Exacq Technologies, Inc. (E.D. Mich.)
Defended Exacq Technologies, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls, against a patent infringement lawsuit in Michigan. The patents at issue relate to video monitoring technology.
Applied Medical Resources Co. v. U.S. Surgical Corp. et al. (C.D. Cal.)
Represented defendant United States Surgical Corporation, a subsidiary of Covidien, in pretrial-phase of patent infringement suit. Applied Medical alleged that U.S. Surgical infringed a medical device patent and sought up to $300 million in damages and an injunction. Bartlit Beck trial team eventually won non-infringement jury verdict after five-week trial, which was affirmed unanimously on appeal to the Federal Circuit. Prior to Bartlit Beck's representation, U.S. Surgical had twice previously been found to willfully infringe the same patent.
Professional Activities and Community Service
Board of Directors, Faculty of Federal Advocates; Co-Chair, Civil Pro Bono Committee (2023–present)
The Faculty of Federal Advocates is an organization of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal practice in the federal courts in Colorado.
Albright v. Colorado Dep't of Corrections (10th Cir. 2007)
Pro bono representation of pro se inmate in a § 1983 civil rights case. Appointed sua sponte by the Tenth Circuit.
Board of Directors, Minds Matter of Denver
Minds Matter is a volunteer non-profit that provides weekly mentoring and college prep assistance to over 50 high-achieving, low-income students from Denver public high schools.
2017 Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
- Two Bartlit Beck Trial Teams Receive “Litigator of the Week” Runners-Up Honors by The American Lawyer02.21.2023
- Bartlit Beck Concludes Investigation with the Colorado Office of the Attorney General into Aurora Police and Fire Departments09.15.2021
Education & Honors
University of Texas School of Law, 2004, J.D., with High Honors
Notes Editor, Texas Law Review
Order of the Coif
Champion, Thad Hutchison Moot-Court Competition
University of Texas, Plan II Honors & Economics, 2000, B.A., with Special Honors
Dean's Distinguished Graduate
University of Texas Friar Society
Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Texan
- Circuit Judge David M. Ebel, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2004-2005
- Justice Paul W. Green, Texas Supreme Court, 2005-2006
Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Colorado, 2020-Present
Awards & Recognition
Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2023
Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America
Rising Star, Colorado Super Lawyers, 2013-2016