Mr Joshua Simmons > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Joshua Simmons focuses his practice on appellate and trial court litigation, intellectual property counseling and strategic portfolio management, as well as regulatory and legislative policy. He litigates copyright, patent, right of publicity, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition cases—particularly complex cases and those of first impression—along with contract, licensing, and domain name disputes. He also advises on IP matters that intersect with antitrust, fraud, false advertising, privacy, and social media. As a media- and technology-savvy attorney, Josh is lauded for both media and entertainment, as well as software and technology representations. His eye-catching litigations involve a range of media (film, news, publishing, sports, television, theatre, and video games) and technologies (artificial intelligence, computer software and services, circuitry and semiconductors, Internet-based systems, medical devices, and telecommunications). For example, he represented Fox’s Modern Family; Fox News’ telecasts; Take-Two’s, Epic Games’, and Tetris’ video games; Damien Hirst’s art; the publishing industry’s books; the Anastasia and Spider-Man Broadway musicals; and Schumacher’s designs. He also represented Cisco’s operating system, IBM’s workload-management platform, GoodRx’s eCommerce website, Motorola’s radios, Oracle’s Java platform and Solaris operating system, Samsung’s smartphones, Sharp’s chat engagement, and TriZetto’s healthcare software.


Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2010, Carroll G. Harper Prize (achievement in intellectual property), Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Columbia Business Law Review, Executive Editor; Brandeis University, B.A., Politics, 2006, Minor in Computer Science.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Joshua SimmonsKirkland & Ellis LLP

Fielding highly versatile teams working collaboratively across multiple cities, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s formidable practice is especially renowned for its capabilities in business-critical technology disputes before both the state and federal courts. On the West Coast, the Bay Area-based Adam Alper is a seasoned patent and trade secrets litigator with a strong track record representing clients in the semiconductor, telecoms, and pharmaceutical arenas. In Los Angeles, IP trial lawyer Michael De Vries is widely regarded for his work in billion-dollar cases, defending the interests of various blue-chip technology entities, while Diana Torres’ recent highlights include trademark infringement suits and class action litigations in the automotive and cybersecurity sectors. On the East Coast, New York-based Dale Cendali is recommended for her expertise in copyright, internet, and advertising matters, while Washington DC-based Gregg LoCascio is an accomplished litigator in cases related to electrical and mechanical engineering. Also in New York, Claudia Ray is noted for her broad IP capabilities, ranging from pre-litigation strategizing to portfolio management. Chicago-based Gianni Cutri and the New York-based Joshua Simmons are also recommended.

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

With integrated expertise across the US, Europe and Asia, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a leader in the copyright space, representing major multinationals such as Epic Games, Oracle, and Take-Two Interactive in high-profile litigations spanning the entertainment, fashion, video games, software and tech sectors. In New York, respected IP authority Dale Cendali, who represented Oracle in the Supreme Court and throughout the long-running Google v Oracle case, heads the practice, bringing deep experience to disputes involving motion picture studios and major celebrities. Claudia Ray handles copyright rate-setting litigation on behalf of clients in music and publishing in New York, while Joshua Simmons provides key support to Cendali on tech and software matters.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

A copyright-focused practice deeply embedded in the video gaming industry, the New York-based team Kirkland & Ellis LLP also handles matters pertaining to high-profile Broadway plays. Seasoned litigator Dale Cendali heads the team and outside the firm serves on the Council for the IP Section of the American Bar Association. She routinely works together with Joshua Simmons, an expert practitioner on the appellate and trial court stages. In recent highlights they have represented Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. on questions of copyright protection on individual dance-steps and tattoos in video games. Additionally recommended is Diana Torres from the firm’s Los Angeles office.