Eugene Rome, Principal and Founder
Phone: (310) 282-0690
Founder and principal of Rome & Associates, A.P.C., Eugene Rome is an accomplished litigator and transactional attorney representing clients in both the United States and abroad in the areas of intellectual property law, domain name disputes and art law. He also possesses a wealth of experience in entertainment, business and serious personal injury matters.
Mr. Rome actively represents clients in matters involving Internet disputes as well as financial and electronic payment processing. An expert in payment processing disputes, Mr. Rome has an in-depth understanding of the Association Rules and industry practices, has routinely established jurisdiction in U.S. courts over foreign processing entities, and secured tens of millions in settlements and judgments for his payment processing clients.
Mr. Rome also serves as outside counsel to domain name registrars, web service providers, lead generator companies and other Internet businesses. His domain name practice includes representing clients in intellectual property, compliance issues and other legal proceedings involving:
- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
- Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
- Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA)
- Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM) and analogous state law provisions
In addition to his work in Internet and business law, Mr. Rome and his colleagues at Rome & Associates have developed a niche in art law. Mr. Rome has experience representing international art galleries by providing case strategy, discovery and litigation support in multi-jurisdictional title, ownership and authenticity disputes. He has litigated ownership disputes in connection wit prominent Warhol works, represented partners in art promotion disputes and handled insurance disputes arising out of damaged and stolen art, including a very valuable Picasso.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Rome has handled a multitude of various matters, including securities, banking and pharmaceutical class-actions, various complicated personal injury matters, including catastrophic multi-party injury claims, insurance coverage and bad faith claims and entertainment disputes for clients including, Tab Hunter, Sarah Brightman, Jay Rifkin and others.
Mr. Rome is admitted to practice in California, both in federal and state courts. He is fluent in Russian and speaks conversational French.
- In 2016, after a two-week jury trial, Mr. Rome obtained a $9 million verdict consisting of $1.5 million in actual damages and $7.5 million in a cross-border payment processing dispute involving an elaborate web of individuals and companies working in concert to divert funds belonging to his clients.
- In 2015, Mr. Rome conducted a jury trial in which he procured a $2.4 million verdict, which included $1.45 million in punitive damages, in a case entailing a breached oral agreement and fraudulent concealment of more than $1.4 million in profits to a partnership in a complex international payment processing relationship. In 2017, Mr. Rome argued the 9th Circuit appeal in this matter, securing an order affirming the verdict that issued within a week of argument.
- In 2014, Mr. Rome conducted a jury trial in a reverse-merger fraud case, securing a verdict in excess of $1.5 million consisting of $329,000 in actual damages, $987,000 in punitive damages, $176,982 in attorneys’ fees and $108,889 in costs. Rome’s client prevailed on each claim asserted, including common law fraud claims and California Blue Sky laws.
- In domain matters, Mr. Rome procured a $1.3 million judgment in a mass cybersquatting case against all registrants of the infringing domains as well as individuals and companies monetizing the infringing domains.
- In art matters, Mr. Rome was brought in to assist with the prosecution of a forged art case. With Rome & Associates’ help, the plaintiff, a prominent Parisian art gallery, secured an $800,000 judgment against the principal actor. Upon subsequent application, the judgment was trebled to $2.4 million under a rare application in a civil claim of California’s Penal Code section governing theft.
- Loyola Law School; J.D.
- University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., English
- La Sorbonne; Art History
- Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
- Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2013-2014