Robert LoBue served as Co-Chair of the Firm and Managing Partner from February 2007 to March 2014, and has been a litigator with the firm for more than 30 years. His practice includes both a first-seat role in many of the firm’s most significant complex antitrust and other business disputes as well as his long-time focus on intellectual property and First Amendment litigation and counseling. Mr. LoBue has argued numerous appeals in various federal and state courts including the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits, and the appellate courts of New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida.

His extensive trial and appellate experience has earned him recognition in industry publications such as Chambers USA and Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Chambers USA recognizes Mr. LoBue in the Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright area, noting that he “stands out for his efficient and businesslike approach” and describing him as “an esteemed litigator with a flourishing and successful copyright disputes and trial practice” with “a particularly strong record on behalf of media and publishing companies.” Benchmark lists Mr. LoBue as a “Litigation Star” in both our top-ranked Litigation group, as well as our Intellectual Property Litigation group, which is among the best firms nationally. Benchmark stated, “LoBue’s prowess is supported by client feedback; one satisfied client says, ‘If you want someone who’s going to waste your time, look elsewhere. Bob LoBue gets it done …’” Managing Intellectual Property magazine lists Mr. LoBue among its “IP Stars” for New York in the areas of Trademark Contentious and Copyright, and he has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Media Law. He is co-author of the Media Law Resource Center’s 50-State Survey of Media Privacy and Related Law and of law review articles on media issues, attorney-client privilege, misappropriation, and federal procedure.

Mr. LoBue serves as the firm’s co-General Counsel and has served on bar association ethics committees. With this background, he often provides counsel on matters of legal ethics and law firm risk management. At the request of retired federal judges, human rights organizations, and the American Bar Association, he has filed several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal on human rights issues. He presently serves on the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, and the Communications and Media Law Committee, of the New York City Bar Association.

Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. LoBue served as Law Clerk to the Hon. David N. Edelstein, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit; Second Circuit; Third Circuit; Fourth Circuit; Sixth Circuit; Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • New York

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York State Bar Association; Recognized by Chambers USA in the areas of Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright and Media & Entertainment; Listed as a "Litigation Star" for New York in Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; Listed in Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s “IP Stars” for New York in the areas of Trademark Contentious and Copyright; Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Media Law; Named in Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation