Matthew G. Rosendahl Associate

A litigator with experience in the Eastern District of Virginia’s “Rocket Docket,” Matt focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, including prosecuting and defending patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets cases on behalf of corporate clients, universities, and individuals.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable David J. Novak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. While clerking, Matt gained key insights into the Eastern District’s fast-paced litigation practice, including court-mandated settlement conferences and jury trials. Following his clerkship, Matt was selected as the chairman of Judge Novak’s clerkship hiring committee.

Since joining the firm, Matt has gained experience in all stages of litigation, including fact and expert discovery, depositions, dispositive motions, Daubert motions, and trial. Matt recently assisted a team of McGuireWoods lawyers in successfully defending Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. against patent infringement claims brought in the Western District of Virginia.

Other highlights of Matt’s practice include successfully prosecuting motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of domestic and foreign clients, including conducting related jurisdictional discovery; prosecuting a motion for sanctions that resulted in complete dismissal with prejudice of the plaintiff’s claims and an award of attorneys’ fees; and helping obtain a preliminary injunction in trademark litigation on behalf of a footwear manufacturer.

During law school, Matt served on the editorial board of the William & Mary Law Review, and his law review article was selected as among the top 15 articles nationwide authored by a law student that year. Matt was also selected as a teaching assistant for constitutional law and, upon graduation, received a Dean’s Certificate in recognition of his contributions to the law school community.

An Eagle Scout, Matt is heavily involved in his community, including serving on the board of the William & Mary Law School Alumni Association and as president of his homeowners’ association.

Experience

Obtained complete non-infringement verdict on behalf of Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. following jury trial (W.D. Va.)

Prosecuted successful motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of German telecommunications client (E.D. Tex.)

Prosecuted successful motion for sanctions against household cleaning products brand resulting in complete dismissal with prejudice of the plaintiff’s claims and an award of attorneys’ fees, on behalf of international spa disinfectants brand (W.D. Va.)

Prosecuted successful motion for a preliminary injunction in trademark infringement action on behalf of national footwear manufacturer and retailer (S.D.N.Y.)

Drafted successful motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction against nationwide used car and automobile lending company (N.D. Ga.)

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Recipient, Law360 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing – Law School, 2018

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 2010-present

  • William & Mary Law School, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Notes Editor, William & Mary Law Review, 2018
  • The College of William & Mary, BA, Government, magna cum laude, 2015

President, Westlake-Richmond Homeowners’ Association, Inc., 2022-present

Chair, William & Mary Law School Class of 2018 Reunion Committee, 2022-present

Member, William & Mary Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2020-present

Member, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, 2015-present

  • Author, Galactic Preservation and Beyond: A Framework for Protecting Cultural, Natural, and Scientific Heritage in Space, 43 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 839, 2019
  • Author, Note, iTenant: How the Law Should Treat Rental Relationships in the Sharing Economy, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 731, 2017
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