Robert H. Dietrick practices in the area of litigation. A former state and federal prosecutor, Mr. Dietrick is experienced in defending allegations of white collar crime from the investigatory stage through trial and appeal. Mr. Dietrick has worked with cases that originated at one of the various regulatory or law enforcement agencies (such as Securities and Exchange Commission) and those originated by the Department of Justice. He also represents clients in Congressional investigations.
Mr. Dietrick also has experience in civil practice, primarily involved litigating complex copyright, patent and trade secret actions. This experience has involved a diverse field of technology including computer software, telecommunications equipment, and music. He also litigates cases involving consumer lending, mortgages, derivatives, risk management, and securitized assets. Mr. Dietrick has litigated these cases from discovery through trial and appeal.
Prior to joining Duane Morris, Mr. Dietrick served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Tennessee. He also served in the District Attorney General's Office in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Dietrick was a law clerk for the Honorable James Knoll Gardner of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Dietrick is a 2002 graduate of the George Washington University Law School and an honors graduate of the University of Evansville. He also holds a master's degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, which included a joint program with the University of Oxford.
- Represented an international engineering company in a trade secrets dispute.
- Represented a government agency in its special examination of Fannie Mae and in litigating its administrative action against Fannie Mae's former chief executive officer, chief financial officer and controller.
- Represented the former general counsel of a publicly traded company in a criminal securities fraud case.
- Represented the chief executive officer of a publicly traded company before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Represented the chief operating officer of a publicly traded company before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Represented securities trader in a criminal securities fraud case.
- Represented a real estate developer in a criminal tax case involving foreign bank accounts.
- Represented criminal defendants on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Represented former White House staffer before Congress.
- Represented clients in various grand jury investigations.
Areas of Practice
- White-Collar Defense
- Corporate Investigations
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2002
- George Washington University, M.A., 2001
- University of Evansville, B.A., Honors, 1997
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2011-present
- Associate, 2005-2010
- United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Special Assistant United States Attorney, 2005
- King & Ballow
- Associate Attorney, 2004-2005
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable James Knoll Gardner, 2003-2004
- District Attorney General's Office
- Staff Attorney, 2002
Honors and Awards
- Named a Washington, D.C. Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2013
- Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Restricts Challenges to Pretrial Seizure of Defense Funds," Duane Morris Alert, February 28, 2014
- Co-author, "DOJ and the SEC Issue New FCPA Guidance," Duane Morris Alert, November 15, 2012
- Co-author, "Supreme Court Affirms Heightened Burden of Proof to Invalidate Patents," Duane Morris Alert, June 10, 2011