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Kirkland Partners Luke Dauchot and Brian Sieve Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Kirkland & Ellis is pleased to announce that partners Luke Dauchot and Brian Sieve have become Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

Mr. Dauchot, based in Kirkland’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices, focuses on resolving cases of unusual complexity, including many intellectual property-focused matters involving patents, trade secrets and contracts. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Dauchot has first-chaired over 20 trials. As lead counsel before federal and state juries throughout the United States, he has won some of the country’s largest patent verdicts and secured numerous defense verdicts. Mr. Dauchot has much appellate experience as well, having orally argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other U.S. courts of appeals.

Mr. Sieve, based in Kirkland’s Chicago office, has tried more than 30 jury and bench trials, arbitrations, injunction proceedings, Markman hearings and evidentiary hearings. Mr. Sieve has extensive experience representing financial services companies, hedge funds, private equity funds, manufacturers and high tech companies. He has tried a variety of intellectual property matters, including trade secrets, patents and copyrights. He also has tried product liability matters, commercial disputes and employment cases.  

Mr. Dauchot and Mr. Sieve were inducted into the College as Fellows during the Induction Ceremony at the 2020 Spring Meeting of the College on March 5-8, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona. 

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently about 5,800 members, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. 

The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.

Since 1981, Kirkland has had 15 trial lawyers inducted into the College’s membership. 

Renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration, Kirkland’s Litigation Practice is comprised of over 700 attorneys worldwide. Kirkland represents clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. Kirkland also represents clients in connection with proceedings involving government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and all fifty state Offices of Attorneys General.