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Robert Milligan

Robert represents clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation.


Robert's practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and other intellectual property theft, franchise litigation, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, consumer and employee class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower and SOX cases, bankruptcy, and other business torts. His practice focuses on trade secret, non-compete, and data protection litigation and transactional work on a state, national, and international platform.


His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, as well as appellate proceedings. Robert also provides advice to clients concerning a variety of business and employment matters, including nondisclosure, non-compete, and invention assignment agreements, corporate investigations, trade secret and intellectual property audits, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, and an assortment of franchise and bankruptcy issues.


Robert was listed in Southern CaliforniaSuper LawyersRising Stars in Intellectual Property and Business Litigation (Thomson Reuters) (2009, 2013-2016). He also served as a contributing editor of Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California and is an author of chapters in Continuing Education of the Bar's Trade Secrets Practice in California. He is also the editor of Seyfarth's Trade Secret blog,, and was recognized by The Legal 500(Legalese Ltd.) for the firm's trade secret practice (2011, 2013-2014, 2016-2019).


Robert serves as a member of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section Executive Committee, chair of the Section's Trade Secrets Interest Group, and as a chair of the Intellectual Property Committee for the ITechLaw Association. He also serves as chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Section's Trade Secrets and Tortious Interference Committee.


He served as a judicial extern for the Superior Court of Yolo County, Civil Law Division and the Honorable Christopher M. Klein of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California.