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TOP 100 WOMEN LITIGATORS IN 2010-Kimberly A. Dunne
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Kimberly A. Dunne
Los Angeles
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."