Diane Cafferata is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles and Chicago offices. Her practice involves a wide variety of complex commercial litigations in federal and state courts, where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants. She has substantial experience in patent, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property matters, privacy issues, class actions, derivatives and other financial matters, construction and real estate disputes, and contract and business tort cases. During her two decades at the firm, Ms. Cafferata has enjoyed several high-stakes and bet-the-company cases, and her teams have brought in more than $3 billion through trials and settlements. Diane’s practice also incorporates many other smaller litigation and counseling matters.
Ms. Cafferata’s background as a JD/MBA, and the breadth of her experience, help her develop creative strategies for advancing her clients' interests at every stage, before, during or after litigation. She focuses on the merits of a dispute from its inception, and uses that focus to conserve her clients’ resources while getting them superior results ̶ for example, helping them avoid trial or motion practice entirely. She works closely with her clients to produce practical and efficient solutions to their business and non-business challenges. Ms. Cafferata has been recognized eight years in a row as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine. She has also won multiple awards, both national and regional, for her work on behalf of plaintiffs.
Ms. Cafferata co-chairs the firm’s Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination practice group. She also teaches trial advocacy and other litigation skills at the firm each year. She takes great pride in mentoring young lawyers and building teams that impress clients, judges and opposing counsel alike.