Kimberly A. Dunne
Law Firm: Sidley Austin
Practice Area: White-collar criminal defense, business litigation
Years in Practice: 21
Law School: Harvard Law School
The former chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud section of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, Kimberly A Dunne now specializes in white-collar criminal defense nationwide from California to New Jersey. She represented biotech company Genentech Inc. in a federal criminal investigation in eastern Pennsylvania, which ultimately resulted in no charges being filed. She also prevailed on summary judgment twice while representing a BP subsidiary in a lawsuit brought by more than 12 franchisees who claimed the petroleum company engaged in anti-competitive behavior for gasoline in the retail and wholesale market. Currently, she represents a title insurance provider that is being targeted by Sand Diego County prosecutors for alleged price-fixing, kickbacks and unfair competition. She is also representing a defense contractor and a pharmaceutical company in lawsuits brought under the federal False Claims Act. On the business litigation side, she recently obtained a verdict for Microsoft after a three-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a lawsuit where the plaintiff claimed the company cost it an opportunity to become a force in web TV. Dunne also represents the former manager of sales for a California-based valve company who allegedly bribed foreign officials to retain business in Asia and elsewhere. The trial, in the Central District of California, is scheduled for November.
Pretrial Ritual: "I drink ... a lot ... of water. It's weird, I know - but it works."
Biggest Career Break: "As a lawyer at the United States Attorney's Office, I was first-chairing a trial as a second-year lawyer. That was a huge head start and it has stood me in good stead my whole career."