Rodger R. Cole

Chair, Litigation Group & Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Rodger Cole is the chair of Fenwick & West’s Litigation Group, a 200-person team that includes more than 100 lawyers focused on achieving the business goals of technology and life sciences companies in disputes and litigation.

For over 20 years, Rodger has helped technology and consumer product companies achieve their goals in complex commercial and intellectual property disputes by leveraging his deep understanding of emerging technologies and his clients’ business models to reduce risk and exposure and protect competitive advantages. Litigation is rarely a desired outcome for technology companies. Rodger’s clients value his ability to quickly understand the company’s key business drivers and work with them to develop an early strategy to win or resolve a dispute within budget. His approach maintains the client’s business goals as the primary driver in decision making to get clients back to the important business of running their companies.

In 2014, Rodger was recognized by the BTI Consulting as a Client Service All-Star. He was one of only 21 IP lawyers selected by in-house corporate counsel for the award. In 2008, Rodger was honored as one of the "Top 20 Under 40" lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Rodger has also been selected as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" every year since 2005.
Rodger received his B.A. from the University of Redlands, where he was also the 1991 National Debate Tournament champion. Rodger received his law degree magna cum laudefrom Santa Clara University. While in law school, Rodger was an executive editor of theSanta Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal. Rodger has been recognized by Santa Clara Law School in its distinguished category of Lawyers Who Lead.