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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Work Department

Copyright, Trademark and Internet Practice


Dale Cendali is the internationally renowned head of Kirkland’s Copyright, Trademark and Internet Practice. Law360 named her an “Icon of IP” and the NLJ selected her as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Dale is also in Lawdragon’s Hall of Fame and is ranked among the Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers. Dale routinely wins cases at the district court level on motions to dismiss, summary judgment and at trial. She is also an appellate lawyer, frequently arguing before US Courts of Appeal as well as the United States Supreme Court. Chambers routinely names Dale a top tier lawyer and refers to her as a “phenomenal” and “power-house” lawyer with “on-point commercial and practical advice”. Among many bar appointments, she has served as Counsel to the Board of the International Trademark Association and on the Council of the ABA’s IPL Section. Dale is currently an Adviser for the ALI’s Restatement of the Law, Copyright project and helped draft the federal Trademark Dilution Revision Act. A prolific writer, Dale is co-editor of the ABA’s treatise, Copyright Litigation Strategies. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and is an adjunct at HLS, teaching copyright litigation.


Harvard Law School (J.D., 1984); Yale University (B.A., 1981, summa cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa.

Lawyer Rankings

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

New York-based IP litigation specialist Dale Cendali heads the media litigation team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and has a practice which is particularly focused on copyright work, in addition to a strong offering in trademark matters. The firm is often instructed on high-profile copyright infringement suits across the full media spectrum, including high-profile music, television, and publishing clients. In the video gaming space, Cendali is defending Take Two Interactive Software in several lawsuits involving the realistic depiction of tattoos in licensed sports games such as Take Two’s NBA 2K product, which plaintiffs allege violates their copyrights as tattooists. In 2019 the practice saw the arrival of Allison Buchner, an IP specialist who rejoined the firm’s Los Angeles office from an in-house position with Dollar Shave Club.

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 > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Dale CendaliKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s copyright, trademark and internet practice is led by Dale Cendali, a market leader in major trademark litigation cases. Recent highlights saw Cendali advising Converse on protecting its iconic Chuck Taylor shoe design through filings before the US ITC against 30 different companies which design similar footwear. Another key figure in the team is Claudia Ray, who often works alongside Cendali in the firm’s largest cases, and has recognized strengths in the entertainment, consumer goods and technology sectors. Diana Torres is a name to note on the West Coast. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Torres routinely acts for major media companies, software developers and consumer products manufacturers.

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

(Hall of Fame)

Dale CendaliKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is at the forefront of copyright disputes in the areas of video games, software and social media. Recent examples of the firm’s standing in that space included New York-based practice head Dale Cendali and Joshua Simmons advising Epic Games on the many cases surrounding its video game Fortnite brought by actors, rappers and YouTubers alleging particular incidences of infringement within the game. Cendali and Simmons also represented Oracle in a potentially precedent-setting dispute against Google before the Supreme Court, where the client alleged that Google’s Android platform infringed upon its Java platform. Another key figure in the team is Los Angeles-based Diana Torres, who acted for Cadence Design Systems in a licensing and copyright case against Skyworth Digital Holdings. Also recommended is Claudia Ray in New York, who focuses on issues relating to online music services.