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Robert P. Fletcher

815 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 620
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Phone:  202.659.6714
Fax:  202.659.4130


Mr. Fletcher represents corporate clients as lead counsel in complex and high-stakes litigation involving commercial, tort or professional matters. He provides strategic advice and counseling on management decisions affecting litigation and helps clients navigate through related business matters.

Mr. Fletcher’s clients include national retailers, government contractors, law firms, food companies, technology companies, insurance companies, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, title companies, appraisers, medical billing companies, biotechnology companies, product manufacturers, investment companies, and state and federal government entities.

Mr. Fletcher protects these companies and individuals, or pursues claims on their behalf, in a wide variety of cases in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and nationwide in federal district courts and appellate courts, other state courts, and in arbitrations and mediations. He has won cases or favorable settlements as trial counsel for clients in disputes involving mass disaster torts, the False Claims Act, consumer protection claims, shareholder disputes and derivative actions, senior executive compensation agreements, patents, IT contracts, professional liability and malpractice claims, non-compete agreements, securities, and government contractor disputes. Mr. Fletcher manages the nationwide defense of all single plaintiff employment litigation matters for a national retail company. His recent intellectual property cases have involved generic pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial monitoring systems, mobile tactical local area networks, and computer diagnostic systems, among others. Throughout his career, Mr. Fletcher has worked extensively with expert witnesses in multiple matters and disciplines.

Mr. Fletcher has recently represented clients in the following matters:

  • On behalf of national retailer defendant, obtained dismissal of Delaware class action seeking wrongful death and personal injury damages for thousands of workers injured in foreign factory building collapse
  • Defense of national retailer in District of Columbia consumer protection action alleging misrepresentations in corporate social responsibility statements
  • Obtained dismissal of District of Columbia consumer protection claims alleging deceptive labeling on behalf of food producers and distributors
  • Prosecution of multimillion-dollar breach of contract claims against biologics manufacturer of military vaccine products on behalf of government contractor
  • Defense of multiparty shareholder derivative action challenging stock option valuation in Delaware Chancery Court, resulting in negotiated buyout of dissident shareholders
  • Defense of investment company and its principals in SEC investigation on collateralized mortgage obligations
  • Defense of False Claims Act allegations in multiple cases for a government contractor, a medical billing company, and a national office supply distributor, resulting in two dismissals of all claims and one favorable settlement
  • Defense of honey producers and packers in consumer protection and class action claims relating to alleged deceptive labeling on food products. Defenses include issues of federal preemption, primary federal jurisdiction and the reasonable and ordinary meaning of certain labeling terms, including “natural” and “pure.”
  • Defense of rail track circuit component manufacturer in multimillion-dollar damage claims resulting from multiple fatality District of Columbia Metro train accident
  • Defense of complex damage allegations and personal injury claims in separate matters against environmental consulting company and electric utility service company involving alleged toxic chemical exposure and electrocution injuries
  • Prosecution of breach of trade secret action against former president of generic pharmaceutical company resulting in significant settlement payment to company
  • Defense of government contractor clients in several actions alleging multimillion-dollar breaches of employment and corporate ownership agreements by former executives 
  • Retention as an expert witness on reasonable attorney’s fees in defamation action between two physicians in D.C. Superior Court
  • Successful prosecution of $16 million of claims and counterclaim defenses in arbitration of hospital information technology outsourcing contract
  • Defense of arbitration of attorney’s fee claim against District of Columbia law firm resulting in complete defense verdict

Mr. Fletcher previously represented the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation on a variety of matters, including contract claims, employment disputes, asset sales, professional liability claims involving the directors of a failed savings and loan, and has supervised a series of professional liability investigations involving allegations of insider and contracting fraud. He has also represented a national association of state government agencies on attorney-client and work product discovery disputes and in defense of breach of contract claims.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Washington, D.C., January 2010 – present
  • Nixon Peabody, Washington, D.C., 1992 – 2009 (formerly Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle)
  • Hopkins & Sutter, Washington, D.C., 1988 – 1992
  • Hamel & Park, Washington, D.C., 1983 – 1988 (merged with Hopkins & Sutter)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • America Bar Association: Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
  • District of Columbia Bar Association: Litigation Section
  • Maryland Bar Association: Litigation Section

Related Industries


  • J.D., with honors, Duke University School of Law, 1983
  • A.B., summa cum laude, Princeton University, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • Maryland, 1994

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit