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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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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

Fielding a ‘creative and dedicated team with deep expertise in class actions’Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s nationwide practice group is a popular choice for plaintiffs and defendants in bet-the-company disputes. In a current matter, Mark Filip (Chicago) is leading the team that is defending Allergan in its highly publicized, nationwide opioid litigation involving thousands of civil suits in addition to government investigations. A name to note for class actions is ‘top notch’ partner Richard Godfrey (Chicago), who represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of disputes. Highly regarded trial lawyer James Hurst (Chicago) has over three decades’ experience in prominent disputes, with particular strength in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Daniel Donovan (Washington DC) is a go-to partner for clients seeking corporate governance advice, though he also has experience in trials and commercial arbitration. Diana Watral (Chicago), Joshua Greenblatt (New York) and Atif Khawaja (New York) are also key members of the team.