Retired Partner & Of Counsel
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 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)
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.
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)
Northeastern University (B.S.B.A.)
Suffolk University (J.D.)
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