Goodwin Procter is mourning the loss of our partner Scott L. Robertson, 55, who died of a heart attack on February 7. An accomplished IP litigator who practiced in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office for nearly six years, Scott began his legal career as an associate in Goodwin’s Boston office in 1988 and returned to the firm as a partner in 2007.
Scott was an exceptional trial lawyer who represented our clients in complex patent litigation matters around the world. Blessed with a keen intellect, commanding courtroom presence and strong grasp of the technology underlying his cases, Scott was able to explain to judges and juries – in compelling fashion and to the great benefit of his clients – the complexities of the matter at hand.
He appeared as lead trial counsel before many federal district and appellate courts, as well as before the International Trade Commission, advocating tirelessly for his clients and burnishing a growing reputation among his trial bar colleagues. He was the counsel of record before the U.S. Supreme Court in the high-profile eBay v. MercExchange case, which helped settle law on when injunctions may issue in patent infringement matters.
One federal judge before whom Scott frequently appeared recently expressed his “great admiration for Scott’s skills as a trial lawyer as well as his honesty, integrity and ability to find humor after periods of great intensity at trial." His colleagues and clients admired him for his intellect, his integrity, his fierce advocacy and the way he managed, despite the intensity of his work, to bring to every endeavor compassion and respect and an unmatched, self-effacing humor that charmed everyone who worked with him.
Scott grew up in Cumberland, Rhode Island, graduated from Brown University and Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude) and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest C. Torres, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island.
A devoted husband, father and colleague, Scott was passionate in all his pursuits, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family – his wife Holly, their daughter Hannah (15) and sons Ethan (14), Colin (11) and Aidan (8). Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
We will miss him.