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Kirkland Partners Michael De Vries and Ellisen Turner Named to 2024 LA500 List

The Los Angeles Business Journal named Kirkland & Ellis partners Michael De Vries and Ellisen Turner to its “LA500” list for 2024. The list recognizes the most influential and impactful business leaders in the Los Angeles region.

Michael was noted by the publication as being “among the top intellectual property litigators in the nation,” one who “has secured more than $2.5 billion in verdicts and settlements since 2018, including five consecutive jury verdicts since 2019 that have netted $1.8 billion in damages.” Ellisen was recognized for “help(ing) clients earn billions in revenue for patented technologies while successfully defending cases with billions at stake.”

Michael is a nationally recognized IP trial lawyer with substantial success representing plaintiffs in high-stakes intellectual property trials. He has served as lead counsel in numerous patent and other intellectual property-related matters. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has described him as “phenomenal at managing a case, but also phenomenal in a court,” as well as “experienced counsel for the handling of misuse of trade secrets allegations.”

Ellisen serves as lead trial counsel on major patent and trade secret matters. He is also an IP strategist who combines his business acumen with a deep understanding of IP law and policy to evaluate and maximize the value of technology during transactions for leading public companies and premier private equity sponsors. A seasoned negotiator as well, he has closed numerous, highly complex patent licenses and technology transactions.