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Robert Powers

Business Attorney at Falls Church, VA

5.0   6 reviews

Licensed for 12 years

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    50%
    Mr. Powers uses advanced technology, strategies, and techniques to guide and advise his clients. He works with businesses of all sizes and across any industry. He strives to help clients improve, protect, and enforce their legal rights

  2. Copyright infringement
    15%
    Copyright considerations such as original authorship, royalties, licensing, infringement, and protection generally are all important considerations that could dramatically impact a work of authorship

  3. Employment and labor
    15%

  4. Trademark infringement
    15%
    A Trademark is a logo, design, slogan, phrase, smell, sound, name, word or other unique mark, or combination thereof, which is used to identify the business or individual source of goods or services in a commercial market.

  5. Civil rights
    5%

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Robert Powers is a licensed attorney in the State of Virginia and the District of Columbia. He primarily provides outside general counsel services to a wide variety of businesses, from small, midsize, to emerging for-profit and non-profit organizations located across the United States. Mr. Powers serves them with intellectual property counseling, such as copyright and trademark, also corporate compliance, data protection, drafting, updating, and negotiating documents, customer complaints, employment concerns and regulations, litigation, and more.


Mr. Powers has worked, negotiated with, and litigated against several American Law five-hundred international firms. He has served as lead counsel in over one-hundred litigations, including collective actions with formal appearances before various courts all over the country. Included but not limited to, Virginia Circuit Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and the Western District of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S Court of Appeals for Federal and Fourth Circuit, DC Superior Court, as well as multiple Courts in New York. Additionally, Mr. Powers often serves as lead counsel in various litigations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Not to mention, he also serves as local counsel for other firms before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern of Virginia, particularly the Alexandria Division. Considering this Court is Mr. Powers' primary venue and division, he has gained expertise in navigating the pitfalls of the “Rocket Docket” and its local civil rules.


Throughout his education, professional practice, and experience as a business owner himself, Mr. Powers has acquired the knowledge and skills needed to provide exceptional legal services to his clients. As he understands the complex implications of a rapidly changing, technology-reliant economy, he proactively pushes his practice to adapt to such changes to best benefit his clients.


When Robert is not practicing law, you might find him spending quality time with his family and friends, traveling, and watching sports, especially football, one of his favorites!

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Licensed for 12 years
State DC
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/14/2017
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Robert

McClanahan Powers, PLLC
3160 Fairview Park Drive
Suite 410
Falls Church, VA, 22042
McClanahan Powers, PLLC
1717 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 1025
Washington, DC, 20006
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't delay!
Let me start by saying Mr. Powers has been a real God send. I am very honored to have him representing me. His expertise, professionalism and empathy for my situation has provided a one of a kind experience. He has been in communication with me every step of the way and instilled a level of confidence I would not have otherwise. Mr. Powers is helping with employment matters. His paralegal Palmo has also been too notch. If you are seeking solid representation look no further. . Call this office for a consultation. Receive the confidence in your matter like I did. All the best!
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Posted by Joel | January 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best business lawyer you'll find
Robert Powers gets things done for my businesses. He's fast, efficient, and right on target. After our fist consultation four years ago in 2014, I knew we'd have a long working relationship. He was able to quickly answer all of my legal questions and help me prepare for an upcoming negotiation. More importantly, he also offered some advice and feedback that proved critical for my business. I may have otherwise been blindsided with contractual problems if Robert had just stuck to my questions and prepared the docs without further thought, but instead he took on my legal decisions as though they were his own, considering where I wanted to take my business and giving me the legal support I needed. I've since hired him to represent another of my businesses and a nonprofit I founded. I know a lot of lawyers and I've worked with a few in the past --- Robert is the best you'll find.
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Posted by Richard | April 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Strongly recommend
My experience with the McClanahan Powers team was exceptional. My attorney Robert Powers’s knowledge and expertise resulted in a very swift and positive outcome. All the staff I worked with at McClanahan Powers were terrific: competent, professional, and personable.  Strongly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney for early stage startup
Great attorney and advisor on business setup. Provides agile service key for rapidly envolving startups. Robert's work is very professional and keeps costs predictable and reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
My husband and I would highly recommend Mr. Powers's legal services. He provided us with excellent representation against a large corporation business based in the area. He filed timely motions, responded appropriately to all correspondences and successfully negotiated a settlement on our behalf. We recommend him without hesitation!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Terrific Attorney
Excellent communicator, successfully defended our intellectual property rights and is currently negotiating our multi million dollar licensing agreement. Understands the challenges we are faced with as business owners and managers.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 35%-35%
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • McClanahan Powers, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Legal Source
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Clinical Resident, Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic
  • Michigan State University College Of Law
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Teaching Assistant (Business Enterprises)
  • Michigan State University College Of Law
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Account Executive
  • Lanier Worldwide
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Corporate Law Specialty Cerification
  • 2010
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • IP & Communications Law Specialty Certification
  • 2010
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005
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Legal Cases

  • Aggarwal v. 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Settlement
  • Schoof-Knauer v. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Virginia, LLC
  • Settlement
  • Malibu Media, LLC v. Doe
  • Case dismissed.
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Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association Referral Service
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cyrandall Valley North Homeowners Association
  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Harvard Online Media Legal Network
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Virginia Lawyer Referral Service
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Bankrupcty Court for the District of Columbia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Attorney Subpoena Defense List
  • 2011 - Present
  • The Authors Guild
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Virginia and Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Silver
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite in Business Law
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Virginia and Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite in Intellectual Property
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite in Intellectual Property
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Board meeting
  • Liability exposure to and fiduciary responsibilities of officers and directors of a nonprofit organization
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (15)
Endorse Robert
Business Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It was a pleasure working with Robert to resolve a complicated business separation between our respective clients. He was courteous and pragmatic throughout the process, notwithstanding the adversarial circumstances of the deal."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Powers is a very knowledgeable attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Robert recently and was immediately impressed by his business acumen and dedication to achieving the best possible results for his clients. It is a privilege to endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Powers is an intelligent, hardworking attorney that provides excellent legal services. He uses his superior knowledge of the law and his sharp intuition to achieve the best results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob is a seasoned litigator and a hard working, effective advocate for his clients. He is a well respected presence in the Northern Virginia legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Powers is a very intelligent and well-versed attorney in our legal community. In speaking with him, it is clear that he works hard on behalf of his clients and uses all available resources to achieve the best possible results for their respective matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Rob on an employment discrimination matter where he was the opposing counsel. He was professional and courteous in dealings with me and demonstrated his command of both employment issues and litigation strategy. I look forward to working with him again."
Business Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rob Powers for almost 10 years. Rob is one of the most professional, intelligent, creative and caring lawyers I know. He is a dedicated attorney and is the kind of lawyer that other lawyers hire. I would highly recommend Rob."
Business Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've known Mr. Powers for years and have observed his zealous advocacy first hand. If you want an attorney at the forefront of his field and the best in legal knowledge, you want Mr. Powers in your corner."
Business Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Powers for many years, and often send my clients to him when they have complex transactional or IP work. I trust him to handle matters passionately, aggressively. He is overall extremely competent, communicative, and passionate with his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him, and trust him to handle my own business affairs."
Business Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Powers is an excellent advocate and superb attorney. He would make a great counsel to a client in need."
Business Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known and worked with Rob for many years. He is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients and advocates aggressively to protect and defend their legal rights. Rob has had tremendous success in managing and closing major business acquisitions and transactions. He is an aggressive litigator who champions his client's cause. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert's knowledge of the law is what first impressed me about his advocacy. As I came to know him and his work better, I also discovered that he is diligent, hard working, and fast on his feet. He is well respected by his fellow attorneys and by judges. Robert is the attorney I would hire if I were ever personally involved in a business dispute."
Business Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Robert Powers to be an excellent attorney. He is client oriented and works diligently on his cases. He has considerable knowledge and experience in his practice areas. He is greatly respected in the legal community and I highly endorse him as an attorney."
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