Mr Craig Primis > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States
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Craig is a trial lawyer who defends leading global companies like Honeywell, Boeing, Accenture, and Facebook in their most challenging commercial disputes. Craig has experience in a wide range of disciplines spanning antitrust, securities and accounting fraud, class actions, False Claims Act, product liability, trade secrets, breach of contract and fraud, as well as sensitive government investigations. Craig’s appellate experience as a Supreme Court clerk and more than two decades of trial court experience allow him to combine outstanding written work with excellent courtroom skills to deliver successful results for clients.


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1994, magna cum laude; Brown University, A.B., 1991, magna cum laude.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s trade secrets practice is led by Dale Cendali in New York, and Craig Primis and Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC. The firm is active for clients in a huge range of sectors, including technology, weapons manufacturing, electric vehicles, and pharmaceuticals. Cendali is a highly regarded intellectual property lawyer and acts for multinational clients in trade secrets matters; she has argued before the US Supreme Court, and also serves as an adjunct professor at Harvard. LoCascio, a trained engineer, is noted for his work in cases involving technology. Also recommended is Joshua Simmons, a trial court and appellate litigator with broad-base expertise in IP litigation, including trade secrets.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Frequently involved in high-value, complex litigation with industry-wide repercussions, Kirkland & Ellis LLP distinguishes itself through its highly respected courtroom advocacy, and the breadth and depth of its practice. The team has particular strength in the pharmaceutical sector, alongside deep expertise in manufacturing and tech. Recently, James Hurst, Diana Watral and New York-based Patricia Carson won a unanimous defense verdict for Bristol-Myers Squibb in a 12-day trade secrets jury trial worth $600m over a cancer drug in Delaware state court. In another major highlight, Craig Primis and Erin Johnston from the DC office are representing Boeing in a trade secrets case claiming $100m in damages in the Northern District of Alabama. A key generalist lawyer working across industries is Andrew Kassof. The firm made a number of significant hires in 2019, among them former Attorney General of Illinois Lisa Madigan, and a team of three leading privacy lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in the DC and Dallas offices: Olivia Adendorff, Richard Cunningham and Sean Royall. All lawyers are Chicago-based unless otherwise stated.