Trent S. Dickey

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Trent S. Dickey is resident in the Firm's Newark and New York offices. He has more than 35 years of experience representing major domestic and foreign corporations in all aspects of complex commercial, intellectual property and management-side employment litigation. His clientele span a broad spectrum of industries in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Dickey has successfully litigated hundreds of cases, both jury and bench trials, in federal and state courts throughout the nation and he currently represents major clients in Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia and Europe.

Mr. Dickey’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to significant private enterprises. In complex commercial litigation, his wide expertise covers: breach of contract; joint venture and distribution agreements; theft of trade secrets; trademark and copyright disputes; patent litigation; business torts; real estate disputes; and other intellectual property right actions. Mr. Dickey’s expertise includes an extensive background in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) before the various arbitration and mediation tribunals. His practice also encompasses the defense of employment claims including: race, gender and age discrimination and sexual harassment; wrongful discharge; allegations of breach of executive employment contracts, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements; and fiduciary duty actions.

Mr. Dickey is a recognized authority on electronic discovery. In today’s increasingly technology-oriented business environment with escalating federal and state electronic discovery mandates, Mr. Dickey’s e-discovery expertise is critical for the successful representation of clients in complex disputes, and is essential for controlling discovery costs.

In The News Items

The Evolving Focus of Intellectual Property Law

New Jersey Business Magazine 6/1/2018


Out with the Old:” Avoiding Sanctions for the Destruction of Records

Records Retention Policies New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2/28/2019

US-China Trade War and Tariffs and Patent Proceedings at the International Trade Commission


American IP Litigation

Ningbo China IP Bar Association 9/22/2015

Demystifying the World of E-Discovery and Cloud Computing

Preservation, Sanctions and Cloud Considerations; and Search, Form of Production, Experts and Cloud Considerations New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 12/11/2012

Recent Developments in New Jersey Law Seminar

Recent Developments Impacting Civil Practice Including an E-Discovery Update New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 8/6/2008


United States Patent Disputes and the Asian LED Industry

IPRDaily 8/7/2018

Is an Adverse Employment Consequence a Necessary Element for a Failure to Accommodate Claim in New Jersey?

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 11/1/2010

Are Restrictive Covenants Alive or Dead?

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 11/1/2010

E-Discovery, A Guide for Corporate Counsel (1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions)

Sills Cummis & Gross 5/18/2008

Rankings and Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America 2010-2019, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor & Employment

New Jersey Super Lawyers 2012-2019, Business Litigation; Employment Litigation: Defense; Intellectual Property

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International
  • U.S. Cross Border
  • Employment and Labor
  • Restrictive Covenant, Trade Secret and Unfair Competition

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 643-5863  Phone
(973) 643-6500  Fax
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A., with distinction, cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., Law Review, 1982
Year of First Admission:
1986, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1986, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1989, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 1989, New York; 1987, District of Columbia; 1982, New Jersey; 2003, U.S. Supreme Court


Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association
- Section on Litigation
- Section on Intellectual Property
- Section on Business Law
- Section on Dispute Resolution
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Board of Governors of The Metropolitan Club
- Member, Executive Committee
- Co-Chair, Law Committee
Member, University of Virginia Rotunda Society
Member, The Myers Society of Washington College of Law

Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors of Easter Seals-NJ, Inc. (1999-2014)
- Member, Executive Committee
- Chair, Operations Committee
- Member, Technology Committee

Birth Information:
Atlanta, Georgia, March 8, 1955

Peer Reviews

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