Robert Laplaca

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  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1993)
  • Columbia College (B.A., 1989)

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PROMOTIONS LAW BLOG
Information on games of chance and skill, cause marketing and other consumer marketing promotions.

Biography

Rob practices in two primary areas: commercial litigation and promotion law.

Rob’s litigation practice includes complex commercial disputes involving corporate, contract, employment and trademark law. His recent cases include representing a foreign aircraft lessee against a potential lessor of two 737 aircraft in federal court in Illinois; representing a recognized national brand of pool products against a competitor for selling products in breach of a settlement agreement in federal court in Florida; representing a short-term lender against a borrower for non-payment of bridge financing in federal court in Connecticut; and representing a global advisory business in a dispute with its former business partner in a New York arbitration.

His practice includes federal and state courts, as well as domestic and international arbitrations. His experience also covers appellate practice in Connecticut and New York.

He recently obtained a multi-million dollar award for a Thai aircraft representative against a large air cargo carrier following a multi-day arbitration hearing before the International Chamber of Commerce in London. He also recently argued successfully before the New York State Appellate Division on behalf of multiple defendants the appeal of a dismissal of an action for unfair competition against fleet-fueling companies.

Rob leads the Firm's Promotion Law practice, which includes sweepstakes, skill contests, instant win games, internet and mobile marketing promotions, trade promotions and consumer offers. Rob counsels well-known brands, as well as advertising and marketing companies, from concept development through implementation to fulfillment. His practice also includes reviewing and drafting agency contracts, publicity agreements, and various advertising agreements. Rob is also experienced in reviewing advertisements for television, radio, online and print marketing. Throughout his career, Rob has worked on many popular marketing promotions, including ones seen on television shows, on well-known social media sites, and at live sporting events. He regularly speaks on promotion law topics at the annual national law conference of the Brand Activation Association.

Rob also counsels clients on cause-related marketing, including commercial co-ventures and charitable promotions. He represents both noted charities and major brands. He works with clients on program concept, contract drafting and review, state registration, and advertising. Rob has worked on many national and worldwide commercial co-ventures, including programs involving national retail sales, online sales, charitable events and popular movie releases. An article featuring Rob’s commercial co-venture practice was recently published in the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Rob previously practiced for seven years at a noted New York City law firm.

Rob lives with his wife and two children in Weston, Connecticut, where he is a State certified firefighter with the town's volunteer fire department, a role in which he was profiled in the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Public Service

2005 - Present: State-Certified Firefighter for the Weston (CT) Volunteer Fire Department

Memberships

American Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Association

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1993)
  • Columbia College (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Honors

Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under 
    Business Litigation and Gaming