Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Gold - Firms

& Ellis LLP (New York NY) Ms Claudia E Ray Ms Dale M Cendali

Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy

Gold - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Equally feared, respected and admired, Kirkland & Ellis is perhaps the best trademark litigation firm in the United States. Its lawyers positively thrive in the glare of the spotlight and tackle high-exposure disputes full bore, posing a level of threat that often results in quick and cost-effective wins. Though best known for its trial prowess, the set also acquits itself with distinction on portfolio management and transactional mandates, and thus features on both the enforcement and litigation and prosecution and strategy tables this year – there’s nothing it cannot do when it comes to safeguarding brand integrity. With Dale Cendali alone, Kirkland & Ellis could make a compelling claim for the top spot. The talisman of the practice, Cendali is “an inspiration to everyone interested in trademarks” and is unanimously described as an “awesome lawyer”. Other elite performers around her include Claudia Ray, Johanna Schmitt and rising star Joshua Simmons. Cendali and fellow gold-ranked attorney Ray make a devastatingly effective pairing, which is why companies instruct them when infringement issues impact on business; in this capacity, they are currently acting for Delta Air Lines against Marriott International in a case involving trademark infringement and dilution, false designation of origin, deceptive trade practices and unfair competition. Schmitt has a vibrant personality and is loved by clients; she is extremely effective in her use of surveys and is excellent on her feet in court. Dual-ranked on the litigation and prosecution sides like Schmitt, Simmons is a versatile practitioner who stands out as a terrific writer with a deep understanding of technology.

Bronze - Firms

When premier brand owners become involved in hotly contested trademark disputes, they find Kirkland & Ellis a source of great comfort: it has the resources and superior litigation abilities to get clients the wins they need. The headline act is New York-based Dale Cendali, but Chicago’s Robin McCue is another important engine of the practice who has chalked up an impressive string of courtroom victories.

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