Rajiv Dharnidharka > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Intellectual Property and Technology; Patent Litigation; Trademark and Copyright




Rajiv Dharnidharka handles business disputes and potential disputes, focusing in intellectual property, technology, and general corporate matters through counseling, negotiation, litigation, arbitration and mediation. Rajiv is the co-chair for litigation of DLA Piper’s Technology sector group and a member of the Fintech sector group. His main areas of practice are trade secret and software copyright litigation, and he regularly speaks and writes regarding technology issues domestically and internationally.

Rajiv has experience representing public and private companies from Fortune 500 companies to startups, among them all forms of tech companies, manufacturing companies, defense contractors, transportation companies, financial institutions and other domestic and international businesses.

Rajiv is a member of DLA Piper’s US-India business development team. Rajiv represents the firm in the US-India Business Council (USIBC), the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), the ABA India section, and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law; B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s trade secrets team was significantly strengthened by the addition of Eric  Hagen, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Recent mandates of his included acting for Seagate Technology, which was accused of misappropriating over 50 trade secrets relating to disk drive technology. Elsewhere, Rajiv Dharnidharka defended BuildingConnected in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit brought by its competitor JB Knowledge Technologies. Litigator Paul Steadman is also highly recommended. All lawyers are based in California except Steadman who is based in Chicago.