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University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2000.
Harvard University, Master in Public Policy, 1991.
University of Virginia, B.A. with High Distinction in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989.
Rob Begland is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office and litigates a wide variety of complex commercial disputes. His cases often involve issues unique to Los Angeles's economy, ranging from copyright infringement doctrines (serving as amicus counsel in MGM v. Grokster, 380 F.3d 1154 (9th Cir. 2004)), to how movie licenses are bundled, and to how trade secrets are protected. But the majority of Mr. Begland's practice focuses on commercial interests broadly relevant to the U.S. and global economy.
He has a substantial expertise in the energy industry. Over the last several years, he has represented one of America's largest refiners in disputes relating to its crude oil supplies, its refinery operations, and its sales of both wholesale and retail motor fuel. He also currently represents an energy trading firm in several matters related to the biofuels market.
Mr. Begland has recently litigated several disputes through to judgment, achieving success for his clients:
Before practicing law, Mr. Begland worked in national defense, first serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and then working as a civilian adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Complex Commercial Disputes
Admitted to practice in California.
Admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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