Dale Cendali, former chairwoman of the intellectual property and technology practice in the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers and a pre-eminent copyright and trademark attorney, has joined Kirkland & Ellis, along with two other partners.

All three will be in the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

“Kirkland is known for having one of the top patent litigation practices in the country,” said John Desmarais, head of Kirkland & Ellis’s intellectual property practice group. “I don’t think we’re currently known as one of the top groups for trademark and copyright and Internet issues. So, to fill that gap, we looked in the marketplace to try to identify the premiere practice group in the country in that space.”

He said the firm is interested in copyright and trademark cases because, among other things, they are often high profile and involve cutting-edge legal issues. For instance, Cendali currently represents the Associated Press in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the artist who created the two-tone “Hope” poster of President Obama used during his campaign. Cendali, who was firmwide chairwoman of O’Melveny’s copyright, trademark and Internet subpractice, specializes in copyright, trademark, patent, trade secrets, defamation, rights of publicity, false advertising and other Internet issues. Her clients include Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox and “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling. She joins the firm’s New York office along with Claudia Ray, another former partner in the New York office of O’Melveny. Ray focuses on copyright, trademark and Internet related


A third former partner, Diana Torres, will join Kirkland & Ellis’s Los Angeles office. Torres, who was a partner in the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny, handles copyright, trademark, false advertising, trade secrets and Internet law.