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Craig Primis

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Craig is a trial lawyer with deep experience defending America’s leading companies in their most challenging commercial disputes. He has defended clients in corporate disputes, class actions, and litigation and investigations brought by state and federal governments. His work covers diverse areas including antitrust, securities, trade secrets, False Claims Act, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, breach of contract and fraud. Craig’s appellate experience as a U.S. Supreme Court clerk and appellate advocate and 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.

United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's sizable IP team is regularly involved in trade secret disputes. New York- based Dale Cendali leads the team and alongside Joshua Simmons represented IBM in a dispute against Teraproc, which is run by former IBM employees, alleging that the start-up used source code owned by the client for its workload management platform. Also in the New York office, Claudia Ray and Joseph Loy acted for Dollar Shave Club against Edgewell Personal Care Company, which allegedly used an unlawful non-compete agreement for a senior employee who now works for the client. Los Angeles-based Diana Torres defended EVelozcity and two of its executives in trade secret litigation brought by Faraday Future involving AI electric vehicle technology. From the DC office, Christopher Mizzo represented The Chamberlain Group in litigation against a number of competitors alleging trade secret misappropriation in relation to garage door openers. Another contact in DC is Craig Primis, who represented Boeing in a dispute against its former subcontractor, which alleged that a misappropriation of confidential information arose from the US Air Force’s award of a contract to the client. San Francisco-based Adam Alper and Michael De Vries from the Los Angeles office acted for Motorola against Hytera Communications, which allegedly stole thousands of the client's documents.

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