Dale Cendali

Dale Cendali

is a nationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property litigation, having successfully litigated and tried numerous high-profile cases, and having argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her practice encompasses copyright, trademark, Internet, false advertising, patent and trade secrets law, as well as defamation, the right of publicity, privacy, complex contract disputes and similar areas, including electronic discovery.

Dale 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"; a "superb litigator" who "thinks quickly on her feet and vigorously defends her clients." In 2014, she was selected to Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation. In 2013, The National Law Journal selected her as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." The Journal had previously named her 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. Euromoney Legal Media Group also named Dale as "Best in Copyright [in] the Americas" at its inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2012, and repeated the honor in 2013. Dale was listed as one of Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America in the 2013-2014 guide. Dale was also included in Euromoney's Benchmark guide, "The Top 250 Women in Litigation." Managing Intellectual Property selected Dale as one of the six "Outstanding IP Practitioners" in the United States, and named her trial victory for J.K. Rowling on the high-profile "Lexicon" fair use case as the "Copyright Trial of the Year." The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Dale as a "leading lawyer" in the area of trademark litigation. The World Trademark Review recognized Dale as a "Trademark Experts' Expert." IP Law & Business recognized her as one of the "Magnificent Seven - IP's Best Young Trial Lawyers." Dale was selected for The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Intellectual Property Law. She has also repeatedly been named by Super Lawyers among "The Top 100 New York Lawyers" as well as "The Top 50 Female New York Lawyers." Her picture appeared on the cover of the Super Lawyers supplement in The New York Times Magazine. She was profiled in the feature story "Truth, Justice and the Cendali Way" in the 2007 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. The American Lawyer profiled her as one of the high-profile lateral hires in 2009. Dale has been recognized by the Harvard Law Bulletin as one of Harvard Law School's "Nifty 50," celebrating 50 of Harvard Law School's alumnae. Dale is also an integral part of the intellectual property team, which in 2010 won Kirkland the title of "Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year", and in 2013 won "Copyright Firm of the Year" for the Northeast region by Managing Intellectual Property. Dale was also selected as a litigation star in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Appellate. Kirkland was named by Managing Intellectual Property in 2014 as "Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year-Nationwide."

Dale is also an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, teaching copyright and trademark litigation. She is also a prolific writer and has long been active in the bar. In 2010, INTA elected Dale to serve as Counsel, the highest-ranking position in the organization for an outside counsel. She also previously chaired INTA's Dilution and Enforcement Committees. Dale was also the Vice Chair of the Copyright Division and chair of the IP Special Issues Division for the IP Section of the ABA, and currently serves on Council for the ABA IP Section. Among many other positions in the bar, Dale is also the former Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Copyright, 3) Trademark, 4) Internet & Advertising Litigation and 5) Data Security & Privacy
Law School Harvard Law School, J.D., 1984
Education Yale University, B.A., 1981 summa cum laude
Bar Member / Association State bar of New York
Most recent firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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