Roger Colaizzi chairs Venable’s national Advertising Litigation group. Roger has significant trial experience litigating Lanham Act false advertising, state deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, advertising class actions, trial and continuity marketing, direct-to-consumer marketing, social networking, affiliate advertising, domain names, keyword advertising, and other e-commerce matters. He has extensive trial experience in litigating brand protection advertising issues, including anti-counterfeiting, trademark, trade dress, patent, and copyright. He has successfully brought and defended against dozens of emergency preliminary injunction motions and requests for temporary restraining orders— important remedies in competitive advertising and the protection of IP, product brands, and other proprietary assets.
He has represented clients before regulatory agencies such as the FTC and self-regulating bodies such as the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation program (ERSP) and National Advertising Division (NAD), and in state attorney general and other regulatory agency investigations, as well as in disputes throughout the country between clients and the Better Business Bureau on advertising issues, accreditation and grade ratings.
Roger began his career in the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where he represented the United States in the prosecution of employment-related race and sex discrimination claims, for more than four years. He also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted criminal cases.
Ross Weiner is the Legal Director at Risk Settlements, where he helps evaluate new business, assess legal and financial risk, and create optimal settlement designs and risk transfer options.
Prior to joining Risk Settlements, Ross spent 9 years as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he focused on, among other things, class action disputes. During that time, Ross came to understand the importance of providing clients with creative approaches to settling disputes. At Risk Settlements, Ross is able to provide companies with these insights. Ross graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University in 2004, and in 2009 he received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of The George Washington Law Review.