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Diana Torres

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Intellectual Property.


Diana Torres focuses her practice on copyright, trademark, false advertising, unfair competition and Internet law, and has handled many high-profile matters for a wide variety of clients, including Internet service providers, electronics and consumer products manufacturers, financial institutions, and clients in the fashion, film and music industries. Ms. Torres also represents and advises numerous companies in connection with contractual issues and commercial legal strategy.


Ms. Torres was a partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP from 2001-2009, and an associate prior to 2001. Before practicing at O’Melveny, she was a law clerk for The Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.


Board of Directors (Investment Committee Chair, 2006, Finance Committee Chair and Co-Chair, present), Western Center on Law & Poverty, Inc.; Commissioner, City of Los Angeles Convention Center, Mayor's Advisory Commission; Trustee, Mexican American Bar Foundation


Yale Law School, J.D., 1992, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholar, National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, Senior Editor and Admissions Committee, Yale Law Journal, Senior Editor, Yale Journal of International Law. Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 1987. Admitted to the California Bar.

United States: Intellectual property


Within: Copyright

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has 'a breadth of experience in copyright matters from literature to entertainment to software' which 'provides a firm foundation for them to tackle any dispute'. Working at the helm is Dale Cendali, who has 'exceptional skill' and 'has done a great job mentoring the next generation'. She recently represented Fox News Network in litigation against media monitoring company TVEyes, which had been providing programming belonging to the client to its subscribers. Claudia Ray is also a key figure and focuses on the technology, consumer and financial services sectors. Also recommended is Diana Torres; she acted for Cadence Design Systems with respect to the alleged infringement of its software copyright by Hong-Kong based Skyworth.

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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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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Dale Cendali is a ‘world class litigator’ who heads a ‘great team of highly trained lawyers’ at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Alongside John O'Quinn, the ‘brilliant’ Claudia Ray and Diana Torres, Cendali recently represented Nike at the Federal Circuit, which overturned a previous ITC ruling, supporting the client’s enforcement efforts against knockoffs of its Converse Chuck Taylor design. Ray, Torres and Cendali also assisted Johanna Schmitt and Joshua Simmons in defeating a motion for preliminary injunction filed by Equinox Hotel Management against client Equinox Holdings; the plaintiff sought to prevent the client from using the ‘Equinox’ trademark in connection with its forthcoming hotel line, though failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of irreparable harm. Industries of expertise include media and entertainment, software and technology, financial services, consumer products and fashion. Torres is based in LA while O’Quinn operates from Washington DC. All other named attorneys are part of the firm’s New York office.

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