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, false advertising, patent, Internet, and trade secrets law, as well as defamation, the right of publicity, privacy, complex contract disputes and similar areas, including electronic discovery. Dale heads Kirkland’s Copyright, Trademark, Internet and Advertising practice group.
In 2017, Dale was named “Outstanding Litigator: New York” at Managing IP’sNorth AmericaAwards. In 2016, Law360 named Dale one of the 25 “Icons of IP,” who have “made an indelible mark in the IP area.” In 2013, The National Law Journal selected Dale as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” The National Law 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. 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.” The World Trademark Review recognized Dale as a “Trademark Experts’ Expert,” “at the top of anybody’s list of the best trademark lawyers in the country”. 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 in 2013, and in 2014 was awarded “Best in Trademark [in] the Americas.” Dale also was included in Euromoney’s Benchmark guide, “The Top 250 Women in Litigation.” Dale was also selected as one of the “20 Most Influential Women in IP Law” by Law360.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.” IP Stars has named Dale one of the “Top 10 Women in IP.” Dale was listed as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 guides. The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Dale as a “leading lawyer” in the areas of copyright and trademark litigation. IP Law & Business recognized her as one of the “Magnificent Seven - IP’s Best Young Trial Lawyers.” Dale was selected for the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright Law and Litigation – Intellectual Property. In 2016, she was selected as Litigation – Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year.” She also has repeatedly been named by Super Lawyers among “The Top 100 New York Lawyers” and “The Top 50 Female New York Lawyers,” and was profiled in the feature story “Truth, Justice and the Cendali Way” in the 2007 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. World Trademark Review named Dale a “revered branding expert” who “remains keenly engaged in the development of the law.” 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 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, and is the current chair of INTA’s inaugural Copyright Committee.
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. In 2015 Dale was selected as an Adviser for The American Law Institute’s project, Restatement of the Law, Copyright.
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1984
Editor-in-Chief, The Harvard Journal on Legislation, 1983–1984
Yale University, B.A., 1981
summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions & Qualifications
1985, New York
Deirdre Merrill is the Director of Contracts at Chronicle Books LLC in San Francisco, California. One of the most admired and respected independent publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. The company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value.
In her work at Chronicle Books over the last 17 years, Ms. Merrill’s primary focus has been drafting, negotiating, and maintaining copyright license agreements between the publishing house and authors, photographers, illustrators, and licensors, along with their respective agents and attorneys. Her role includes negotiating and securing of digital rights for both backlist and front list titles published by Chronicle Books. In addition she supervises the contracts and permissions department, helps to maintain the company’s trademark portfolio, advises the subsidiary rights licensing division and custom publishing departments, and supervises copyright registration for all titles published by Chronicle Books.
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1999
B.A, Santa Clara University, 1995
Member, California State Bar Association, 2000-present
Member, The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California
Naomi Jane Gray focuses her practice on intellectual property (including copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) and commercial litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has managed complex cases in all phases of litigation, from prelitigation counseling through appellate review. Her extensive copyright experience includes representing a magazine publisher in a series of cutting-edge lawsuits at the intersection of traditional print media and emerging electronic technologies which ultimately established the publisher’s right to reproduce its flagship magazine in electronic format (see, e.g., Faulkner, et al. v. National Geographic Society, et al., 294 F. Supp. 2d 523 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); aff’d, 409 F.3d 26 (2d Cir. 2005)).
Ms. Gray serves as an arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 was appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s list of the world’s leading technology neutrals. She authors the copyright and trademark blog Shades of Gray®, www.shadesofgraylaw.com.
Sophie Cohen is a Senior Corporate Counsel at the San Francisco office of the company Symantec, supporting the LifeLock and Norton consumer brands. Ms. Cohen joined Symantec when it acquired LifeLock, Inc. in February 2017. At LifeLock, then at Symantec, her work has involved a wide range of advertising and intellectual property law matters. In particular, she reviews marketing collateral in all media (including print, online, social media, TV, and radio), provides guidance to internal teams and outside agencies on advertising campaigns, social media initiatives, affiliate marketing, “truth in advertising” issues, FTC compliance, claims substantiation, celebrity rights, and the use of customer testimonials.
Prior to joining Symantec, Ms. Cohen was a partner at the intellectual property law firm Cobalt LLP in Berkeley, where she advised clients on all aspects of trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement, domain name disputes, advertising law, licensing and co-branding, as well as software and technology agreements. She also worked with clients on cutting edge copyright matters, such as thorny copyright registrations, source code protection, emerging technologies, innovative business models, fair use, user generated content, fan communities, scraping, DMCA, and work-made-for-hire issues.
Additionally, Ms. Cohen has extensive experience in promotions law, including sweepstakes, contests and raffles, with a special expertise in the fields of commercial co-venturing and cause marketing.
Ms. Cohen is a member of the California and New York State Bars. She graduated from the Sorbonne (Paris) and the U.C. Davis School of Law.
She currently serves as an Advisor to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers’ Association Property Law Section (formerly State Bar of California), as well as Vice-Chair of their In-House Interest Group, planning CLE programs and networking activities. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Social Media Committee of the ABA-IPL Copyright Division and is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA.
Ms. Cohen loves travelling around the U.S. and around the world to explore great wines, foods and art. She’s also a proud sci-fi and pop culture geek.
Joseph C. Gratz is partner with Durie Tangri LLP in San Francisco. A Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, Mr. Gratz is a respected litigator and commentator on copyright and Internet law. He was named one of the nine Top Intellectual Property Lawyers Under 40 by Law360 in 2015, and a Northern California IP Litigation SuperLawyer each year since 2013 by SuperLawyers Magazine, after being named a Rising Star in IP Litigation in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Mr. Gratz received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman ’74 Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California at Berkeley and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies pose for traditional legal regimes, especially for intellectual property law. She is co-founder and president of Authors Alliance. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Contributing Editor of Communications of the ACM, a past Fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Amsterdam. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She joined the Berkeley faculty in 1996 after serving as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. She has visited at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, and NYU Law Schools.