Overview

Gene Assaf is a senior litigation partner in the New York and Washington, D.C., offices. Gene has represented corporate clients on a variety of commercial litigation, environmental and technology disputes before judges, juries and arbitration panels across the country. Over the course of his career, he has taken to verdict—as both plaintiff and defendant—some of the largest trials involving allegations of wrongdoing in corporate transactions: representing plaintiff Huntsman in its successful fraud trial against Albermarle ($665m), representing plaintiff BASF in its successful trial against Lyondell ($233m), and representing defendant Honeywell in its complete defense verdict in a case brought by Breed Technologies.

Chambers USA has described Gene as a "fantastic trial lawyer who is creative, aggressive, and able to cut through the complexities to get to a level of solving the problem." Gene’s work has been discussed in numerous publications and media accounts, including How Litigators from Kirkland Bet On Themselves and Client Huntsman to Land $665 Arbitration Award on Contingency, Top Guns, Litigation Department of the Year, Who Represents Corporate America and Winning.

Gene also advises boards and management on risk and compliance issues. Gene is proud to have represented some of the world’s largest public companies, including BASF, Huntsman, AOL, Honeywell, BHP, Textron, Wyndham, Raytheon and Siemens, as well as numerous private companies. Over the course of nearly 30 years, Gene has served in a broad range of management roles at the Firm, including on Kirkland’s Global Executive Management Committee (2010-19), as well as on the Firm’s Finance, Administrative, Diversity, Compensation and Pro Bono Committees. Gene has also served on a variety of professional and pro bono boards.

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Memberships & Affiliations

Liability Reform Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC).

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1990Pennsylvania
  • 1996District of Columbia
  • 2012New York

Education

  • Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.1989
  • University of EssexM.A.1987
    Rotary International Fellowship
  • Dickinson CollegeB.A.1984