Andrea Donovan Napp is both a litigator and counselor who focuses on technology, cyber risk and intellectual property matters. Ms. Napp is a partner in the firm's Business Litigation Group, the chair of its Information Governance and E-Discovery Team, and a member of the Data Privacy + Security Team and Intellectual Property Team. Ms. Napp currently serves as the firm’s Hiring Partner.
Technology and Cyber Risk
As a litigator grounded in technology, Ms. Napp is uniquely equipped to spot the legal risks associated with emerging technologies, both from a transactional and litigation perspective. Ms. Napp has significant experience in all aspects of the data lifecycle, including information governance, development of defensible collection policies, and management of large-scale reviews and production. She has managed several complex, sophisticated e-discovery projects in government investigations and private litigation. Notably, she led United Technologies Corporation's privilege review in the Department of Justice's antitrust review of the largest-ever aerospace merger. Additionally, she is part of a team of attorneys at Robinson+Cole who are experts in data breach response, remediation, coordination and litigation. Ms. Napp advises clients on the best practices and policies to safeguard data against accidental or deliberate disclosure, including security programs, policies and education. Ms. Napp also coordinates Robinson+Cole's use of the latest technology and project management principles to achieve maximum efficiency and compliance for the firm's clients.
As a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Team, Ms. Napp represents clients in matters involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, technology litigation, e-commerce and privacy, computer fraud and abuse, licensing, royalty and development, and unfair trade practice cases.
Recently, Ms. Napp represented United Technologies Corporation in a $6 billion patent infringement action involving jet engine fan blade technology, and the company prevailed on summary judgment. Notably, Ms. Napp secured a multi-party settlement when she represented a graphic design corporation in an action against former employees, former owners, and a competitor involving claims under the Connecticut Trade Secrets Act and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. The case stemmed from the sale of the business and certain intellectual property. Ms. Napp currently is representing a publicly traded manufacturer in a patent infringement action pending in the District of Connecticut involving a dispute over patents issued for storm water chamber designs.
As a litigator with over a decade of courtroom experience, Ms. Napp has tried matters to verdict in state and federal courts, and she has represented corporate clients in business litigation cases dealing with contracts, trade regulation, fraud, and intellectual property issues.
She directed the litigation team that successfully defended the Town of West Hartford against several concurrent lawsuits in state and federal court designed to forestall the development of Blue Back Square, a downtown retail, office space and residential development project. Subsequently, Ms. Napp represented the town in its vexatious litigation suit arising out of those matters, which resulted in the town recouping all defense costs. Ms. Napp also has significant experience handling claims made under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), and she currently represents a municipality in New York against a challenge to its zoning laws.
The Connecticut Law Tribune honored Ms. Napp as one of its New Leaders in the Law in 2016 and Connecticut Super Lawyers has consistently named her a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation since 2013 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
In addition to her service on the Hiring Committee, Ms. Napp also serves on the firm’s Professional Development and Women’s Committees. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Napp clerked for the Honorable Christine S. Vertefeuille of the Connecticut Supreme Court.