Justin A. Rhuda

Associate
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Overview

Justin Rhuda is a Boston intellectual property (IP) litigation attorney and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Rhuda focuses his practice on a wide range of IP litigation matters, including representing clients in disputes related to patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets as well as related contractual matters and state law claims.

While attending law school, Mr. Rhuda served as president of the Suffolk University Law School Veterans Association and worked as a judicial intern to the Honorable William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. In addition, Mr. Rhuda defended accused juvenile offenders in the Boston Municipal Juvenile Court as a Rule 3:03 certified student attorney.

Prior to law school, Mr. Rhuda served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, separating honorably as a captain in 2015. During his two deployments, Mr. Rhuda led up to 200 Marines throughout the Middle East, East Africa and Southeast Pacific regions, and extensively trained and advised several foreign militaries.

Mr. Rhuda makes public service and charitable work an important part of his practice. He routinely assists military veterans navigating the complex system of veterans benefits, including disability, housing and education benefits. He also has successfully defended several low-income veterans and their families facing eviction. In law school, Mr. Rhuda also served as a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellow, where he taught constitutional law to inner-city high school students in Boston.

Experience

  • Funrise Toys v. Hasbro: Currently representing Hasbro in a royalty dispute with one of its licensees. The licensee manufactured and sold Hasbro’s Tonka® line of products, and after an audit, Hasbro learned that the licensee had failed to pay a substantial amount of royalties over a number of years. The matter is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.
  • Markham v. Hasbro: Currently representing Hasbro in a dispute concerning The Game of Life®. The heirs of one of the purported inventors of the game sought to terminate the original transfer of copyrights associated with the creation of the game in 1959. After a five-day bench trial, the court entered judgment in favor of Hasbro, and concluded that the plaintiff could not terminate the transfer.  The matter presently is on appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 
  • Patent Infringement: Currently representing a large manufacturer and seller of telecommunications infrastructure equipment to major cellular providers in a multi-defendant, multi-district patent dispute involving Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless base stations.
  • Trademark Enforcement: As part of a multi-office team, assisted a large national solar energy company with successfully protecting various federal and state trademark rights against competing infringers.

Credentials

Education
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
  • The University of Vermont, B.A., Political Science and History,
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Memberships
  • Boston Bar Association, Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi
Honors & Awards
  • Daniel J. Fern Award, Suffolk University Law School, 2019
  • Outstanding Student Award, Suffolk University Law School, 2019
  • Jurisprudence Awards for Business Entities Fundamentals, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Torts, Suffolk University Law School, 2016-2017
  • National Jurist Magazine, Runner-Up, Law Student of the Year, Spring 2018
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2018