Roger W. Hood
Retired Partner & Of Counsel
For more than 20 years, Roger has advised clients on complex intellectual property matters including software and other licensing, open source technology, cloud computing, trademarks. He has represented a number of public and private companies – often as outside general counsel – in diverse fields, including optical components, semi-conductors, professional services and high-tech manufacturing. He has negotiated multifaceted procurement and distribution agreements for licensing and sales.
He assisted clients with major employment issues, working with companies ranging from multi-nationals to family-owned businesses. With an eye on the total well-being of his corporate clients, he handled employment disputes involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation as well as managing workplace risks through non-competes and other avenues to protect a company’s IP.
Roger is known for his sound legal advice, innovative approach, and business acumen. He joined Duffy & Sweeney after a seventeen-year legal career as senior counsel at global communications and electronics leader Motorola, Inc. and retired as a partner in 2019. He currently serves as Of Counsel.
He has been named as a leading lawyer in the current editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
Roger has represented, often as outside general counsel, a number of public and private companies in diverse fields, including optical components, semi-conductors, professional services and high-tech manufacturing. He has negotiated multifaceted procurement and distribution agreements for licensing and sales.
With an eye on the total well-being of his corporate clients, he handled employment disputes involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation as well as managed workplace risks through non-competes and other avenues to protect a company’s IP.
- Roger provided legal counsel and contract negotiations for a comprehensive dictation, transcription and document production services contract for a major healthcare system including voice, dictation, and remote applications for doctors. The new services consolidated four hospitals utilizing different procedures and into one set of applications.
- Roger provided legal advice for an international semi-conductor company’s renewal of a Microsoft Enterprise agreement for a leading integrated circuit manufacturer in a contract that consisted of more than ten integrated sets of terms covering on-site and hosted service offerings. The primary license rights pertained to US operations.
- On behalf of a world leader in high performance signal processing solutions, Roger successfully negotiated a complex cloud technology contract to migrate the company’s entire US e-mail service to a major cloud service, creating a robust e-mail platform to support thousands of employees. Critical issues included safeguards for personal information, compliance with Mass. Data Security Regulations, and auditing requirements for vendors.
- Roger represented a firm client in the healthcare field in the successful negotiation of a separation agreement and executive termination with a highly visible employee.
- Acting as outside counsel on behalf of a major health insurer in its effort to replace the sourcing vendor for the majority of its IT functions, Roger negotiated terms of a master agreement with the new supplier for IT services in a multi-million dollar, five-year contract.
- Roger spearheaded extensive negotiations with a nationally recognized computer giant to update three major contracts that represented the cornerstone of its IT infrastructure systems. Key issues included information security, background checks, service-level requirements and highly negotiated limits of liability in the multi-million contract.
- Roger represented a hospitality group in a successful multi-stage reduction-in-force effort, including complex components of severance and stay-bonus agreements, which was designed to restructure the company.
- Representing a major healthcare institution, Roger negotiated a set of terms in a software systems license agreement for long-range planning that involved intricate issues including liability for intellectual property indemnity, breach of confidential information, and damage caps.
- Roger represented a print-services company in an OSHA investigation in which he succeeded in mitigating the adverse consequences for the company while ensuring the safety requirements were met to protect the 100-person workforce.
- Roger represented a technology client in its acquisition of technology which was key to a new-product launch in a multi-million dollar deal that included a complex long-term manufacturing agreement and an escrow of source code.
Roger Hood specializes in IP and advises clients on a range of tech and licensing matters such as software, cloud computing and open-source technology. He is also experienced in assisting clients with trademark and employment issues. (Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018)
Clients praise [Roger] as “extremely concise, professional, efficient and capable – we get very high-quality work from him.” (Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business 2017)
Roger Hood is an experienced IP expert. According to clients, “understands why clients do what they do and provides counsel that always makes practical business sense.” (Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business)
Roger Hood led a lively discussion on “Legal Aspects of Performance Management: Minimizing Risks and Liabilities in Managing Performance” for clients of the firm and members of the Employers Association of the NorthEast. (November 2013)
Professional & Community Involvement
Roger completed a two-year term in December of 2016 as a board member of the Employers Association of the NorthEast, a member association that provides talent, training and tools to retain, develop and engage employees throughout the Northeast with over 900 member organizations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and beyond.
He is a past member of the Board of Advisors of the Chief Executives Club’s RI chapter and has been active in the technology organizations forging innovation in our region including Tech-Collective and the RI Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where the firm was a signatory member. He has been a frequent speaker and writer on topics at the intersection of business and technology.
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Roger served as one of the keynote speakers at a November employment law seminar in conjunction with the Employers Association of the NorthEast where he spoke on “Broaching Retirement with Older Employees.” See PowerPoint presentation here. (November 2017)
Roger was part of the one-day Employment Law & HR Practices Conference sponsored by the Employers Association of the Northeast where he addressed the conference attendees on: “The e-Workplace: Balancing Privacy and Information-Security to Manage Risk.” See PowerPoint presentation here. (November 2015)
Roger has been recognized as a ”Leader In Field” for the category of Corporate Law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Guide for Business, and by Best Lawyers in the categories of Copyright Law and Trademark Law.
Roger spoke at the 2014 Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting on “Employment Law Nightmare: The Intersection of ADA and FMLA” where he reviewed the difficult challenges for mid-size employers in balancing requirements of the ADA and FMLA as well as the RI Parental and Family Medical Leave Act and the RI Temporary Caregivers Insurance Law. See Powerpoint presentation here. (June 2014)
Roger Hood was a seminar presenter in the series entitled Cradle to Grave: Legal Aspects of the Employment Lifecycle on “Trending Topics in Employment Relationships” in conjunction with the Employers Association of the NorthEast and PLDW . See Powerpoint presentation here. (February 2014)
Roger was the featured speaker on “Cloud Computing and Managing Legal Risks” for firm clients and members of Tech-Collective on the trend toward cloud computing being adopted by companies – both large and small – seeking a common platform to address efficiencies and scalability, and the need for legal protections for data use, privacy compliance and business continuity. (June 2013)
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Northeastern University (B.S.B.A.)
Suffolk University (J.D.)
Bar & Court Admissions
Rhode Island (2000)
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts (1978)
United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1980)
Member, ABA sections on Intellectual Property and Employment Law