Diane C. Hutnyan

 

Los Angeles Office
Tel: +1 213-443-3000
Fax: +1 213-443-3100
dianehutnyan@quinnemanuel.com

Practice Areas
Lender Liability and Other Banking and Financial Institution Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Plaintiffs' Litigation
Structured Finance and Derivatives Litigation
Transnational Litigation

Education


Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business
(J.D., M.B.A., 1997)
     Fellow, Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, 1997
     President, JD/MBA Association, 1996-1997

The George Washington University
(M.A., Russian and East European Studies, 1991)

Plekhanov Institute of Economics, Moscow, USSR
(Diploma, 1988)

Indiana University
(B.A., Russian Languages and Literatures; Certificate, Russian and East European Institute, 1987)








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Biography


Diane Cafferata Hutnyan is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office.  Ms. Hutnyan conducts an active trial practice, representing clients in high-stakes intellectual property, structured finance and other complex commercial litigations in federal and state courts.

Ms. Hutnyan’s ability to explain complicated technologies and other complex issues in a way that makes them accessible and understandable to judges and juries has permitted her to secure swift and decisive victories for her clients at trial and in motion practice.  It has also given her clients a significant advantage at the settlement table.  Ms. Hutnyan’s focus is always on obtaining the best and quickest results for her clients.

Ms. Hutnyan has been repeatedly recognized as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine. Although many of her representations are on behalf of defendants, she has also been recognized repeatedly as a Benchmark Plaintiffs "Local Litigation Star" for California by Euromoney. Recently, Ms. Hutnyan was selected as one of the Benchmark Plaintiff Top 150 Women In Litigation for 2014.




Representative Clients


Abbott Laboratories
Aradigm
IBM
Lehman Brothers Holdings (Official Creditors Committee)
Lockheed Martin
Mattel
Micron
Northrop Grumman
Samsung
Satyam Computer Services, Ltd.
Space Systems/Loral




Notable Representations


Represents the Official Creditors Committee of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York arising from the early termination of 75,000 derivative trades.

Represents the Official Creditors Committee of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Citibank, N.A. arising from the early termination of nearly 30,000 derivative trades.

Represents CIFG Assurance North America in litigation against Bank of America, arising out of fraudulent misrepresentations and breaches of contract in connection with financial guaranty insurance on RMBS.

Represented Samsung in federal litigation and ITC proceedings against Apple involving smartphone and tablet computer technology.  Reported decisions include Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., 2012 WL 5451411 (N.D. Cal. 2012); -- F.Supp.2d --, 2012 WL 3627731 (N.D. Cal. 2012); 2012 WL 1232267 (N.D. Cal. 2012).

In patent suit against telecommunications providers involving prepaid wireless technology, won judgment of $128 million, along with additional award of $35 million in interest and royalties and entry of permanent injunction. Reported decisions include: Freedom Wireless v. Boston Communications Group, Inc., 390 F. Supp. 2d 63 (D. Mass. 2005); 369 F. Supp. 2d 159 (D. Mass. 2005); 369 F. Supp. 2d 155 (D. Mass. 2005); 220 F. Supp. 2d 16 (D. Mass. 2002). The verdict was the largest ever awarded in Massachusetts, and was the eighth biggest verdict awarded in the U.S. that year.

Led a patent enforcement action brought by Northrop Grumman against seven corporate defendants that resulted in licenses amounting to a total of 9 figures.  Reported decisions include: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University et al. v. Tyco International Ltd. et al., 253 F.R.D. 528 (C.D. Cal. 2008); 253 F.R.D. 524 (C.D. Cal. 2008).

Responsible for decertification of a class and dismissal of class action against Mattel in class action capitol Madison County, Illinois.

Obtained a favorable trial verdict in Delaware Chancery Court for Nuance Communications in a licensing dispute with a technology vendor.

Defeated, after bench trial, omitted inventorship claim in suit involving prepaid wireless telephone technology.  Reported decisions include:  Frugoli (Verizon) v. Fougnies, 74 U.S.P.Q.2d 1716 (D. Ariz. 2004).

Obtained summary judgment for Aradigm Corporation on claims for trade secret misappropriation, conversion, estoppel, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in trade secret misappropriation/patent joint inventorship action.