Gene Assaf is senior litigation partner in the New York and Washington, D.C., offices. Gene has represented clients — including AOL, BASF, Hitachi, Honeywell, Huntsman, Raytheon, SIPC, Siemens and Wyndham Worldwide — on a variety of commercial litigation, environmental and technology dispute matters before judges, juries and arbitration panels across the country. He also advises boards and management on risk and compliance issues. 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, 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, including for the Legal Aid Society of New York and the Litigation Reform Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber’s National Chamber Litigation Center.
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." He was named as a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group in its 2013 Client Service All-Stars report. He was recognized by the 2012–2018 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products, in the 2016 and 2018–2020 editions for General Commercial Disputes and in the 2016–2019 editions for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort - Defense. In the 2021 edition, Benchmark Litigation United States recognized Gene as a "Litigation Star." In 2008, The National Law Journal selected Gene as one of the 10 trial attorneys for its annual "Winning" section, which features 10 litigators from across the country who have at least one significant win over the last 18 months and a history of noteworthy wins during the past several years. Gene's work has been discussed in numerous publications. Recent publications and stories include:
Chambers USA 2018, “fantastic, very smart and stands out for client service; very good at high-level strategy and corralling different issues.”
Chambers USA 2017, "a fantastic litigator and a forceful advocate."
Chambers USA 2016, "renowned trial lawyer, clients praise his trial presentation style."
Chambers USA 2015, "'fantastic trial lawyer who is creative, aggressive, and able to cut through the complexities to get to a level of solving the problem.'"
Chambers USA 2014, "extremely smart and responsive."
Chambers USA 2013, "an extraordinarily bright, analytical and responsive commercial litigator who is also articulate in explaining the law in a way that the layperson can understand."
Chambers USA 2012, "smart and aggressive litigator who is very accomplished."
Chambers USA 2011, "effective in a courtroom, and very focused on giving penetrating arguments."
Chambers USA 2010, "a gifted trial lawyer who clearly and compellingly presents complicated matters to juries."
The National Law Journal, "Winning" (June 16, 2008)
The American Lawyer, "Litigation Department of the Year" (January 2008)
The American Lawyer, "Top Of Docket: An Expert Maybe They Wished They Hadn't Called" (November 2007)
The American Lawyer, "Big Suits" (November 2007)
The National Law Journal, "Top Jury Verdicts of 2007" (February 18, 2008)
The National Law Journal, "Practice Makes Perfect for These Hot Litigators" (February 18, 2008)
The National Law Journal, "B2B Takes on a Whole New Meaning" (February 18, 2008)
Global Forensics (October 2006)
Memberships & Affiliations
Liability Reform Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC).
Admissions & Qualifications
- 1996District of Columbia
- 2012New York
- Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.1989
- University of EssexM.A.1987Rotary International Fellowship
- Dickinson CollegeB.A.1984