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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Diana Watral is a litigation partner and trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office. Diana represents companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of business and intellectual property disputes, with recent experience in contract, False Claims Act, trade secret, patent, sports, products liability, and complex commercial cases.

Most recently, Diana served as trial counsel to Flexus Biosciences, a Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidiary, in a $1 billion trade secret jury trial that resulted in a complete defense verdict. Diana successfully defended Abbott in a $1 billion False Claim Act jury trial and second-chaired Baxter Healthcare’s successful defense of a $400 million contract dispute. She also successfully defended a TRO and injunction request seeking to prevent the Chicago Cubs from expanding Wrigley Field.

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United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

(Next Generation Partners)

Diana WatralKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘brings an almost unique set of strengths and resources to address complex, high-stakes commercial litigation.’ The practice is noted for its breadth, with expertise in civil trials, congressional inquiries, securities litigation, class action claims and government investigations, among others. Defendants and plaintiffs alike approach the group for legal support in crises. The New York-based Sandra Goldstein is noted for her expertise in fraud class actions, securities and commercial disputes. Mark Filip, who divides his time between Chicago and Washington DC, has a strong track record for civil cases: he is for instance acting for Allergan in the Opioids litigation. James Hurst‘s broad practice spans patent, products liability, trade secret, criminal, antitrust, and contract matters, and Andrew Kassof has know-how in trying cases; both are based in Chicago. New York’s Aaron Marks is well versed in acting for financial institutions. Other prominent practitioners are Richard Godfrey and Diana Watral in Chicago, as well as Craig Primis in Washington DC.