Derek H. Swanson Senior Counsel

Derek represents several leading companies in a variety of intellectual property litigation matters, with an emphasis in patent litigation.

Derek’s patent litigation practice focuses on technologies in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, e-commerce, and automotive. Derek has extensive experience in all aspects of patent litigation and specializes in managing complex discovery issues and motions practice.

Derek also has significant experience representing a major automobile manufacturer in high exposure products liability and class action litigation on a national basis.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Derek was a prosecuting intern in the Johnson County Attorney's Office in Iowa City, Iowa.


H-W Technology, L.C. v. Apple Inc., et al. (N.D. Tex.) (applications/application stores).

GeoTag, Inc. v. Royal Purple Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex.) (websites with geographical locators).

NTP, Inc. v. Cellco Partnership, et al. (E.D. Va.) (mobile e-mail).

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company v. Kolon Industries (E.D. Va.) (para-aramid fibers).

Effectively Illuminated Pathways v. Aston Martin Lagonda of North America, Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex.) (LED lighting assemblies).

Parallel Networks, LLC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., et al. (E.D. Tex.) (websites and mobile websites using applets).

Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC v. Rochester Midland Corporation, et al. (W.D. Va.) (foam soap dispensers).

  • The University of Iowa College of Law, JD, with Distinction, 2006
  • The University of Iowa, BA, with Honors, 2002

Member; Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division; Co-chair, Statewide Legal Food Frenzy, Young Lawyers Division; Chair, Veterans Domestic Relations, Virginia Veterans Initiative; Statewide Membership Coordinator, Young Lawyers Division, 2006-2008, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, Federation of Virginia Food Banks, 2009-present

  • Virginia

Recipient, McGuireWoods LLP Excellence Award, 2008

Recipient, Emerson G. Spies Award, Outstanding Service to Young Lawyers Division, Virginia Bar Association, 2008

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