Dale Cendali

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Dale M. Cendali is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s New York office and heads Kirkland’s Copyright, Trademark, Internet and Advertising Practice Group. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property litigation, having success-fully litigated and tried numerous high-profile cases. Among her many distinctions, IP 360 named Ms. Cendali one of the twenty-five “Icons of IP,” who have “made an indelible mark in the IP area.” The National Law Journal selected her as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” and previously has selected Ms. Cendali as one of “America’s Top 50 Women Litigators,” one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America,” and one of “The Most Influential Lawyers” for media and entertainment. She has repeatedly been ranked as a “top tier” lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers USA, which describes her as “one of the best lawyers in the country” in her field who combines “intellectual acuity” with a “tough, hard-working attitude.” Euromoney Legal Media Group has also named Ms. Cendali as both “Best in Copyright” and “Best in Trademark” in the Americas at its Women in Business Law Awards. Managing Intellectual Property named her trial victory for J.K. Rowling on the high-profile “Lexicon” fair use case as the “Copyright Trial of the Year.” Similarly, Ms. Cendali was part of the Oracle appellate team that won a key copyrightability decision in Oracle v. Google, which Managing Intellectual Property Magazine named “Milestone Case of the Year.” She has also argued before the United States Supreme Court, and helped draft the federal Trademark Dilution Revision Act. Ms. Cendali writes and lectures extensively on intellectual property and litigation law topics, and has held many senior positions in the bar. These include serving as Council to the ABA IP Section, and as Counsel to the Board of Directors of INTA. Ms. Cendali is also the chair of INTA’s inaugural Copyright Committee, and has previously chaired INTA’s Dilution and Enforcement Committees. She was selected as an Adviser for The American Law Institute’s project, Restatement of the Law, Copyright. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and is an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, teaching copyright and trademark litigation.




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