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Kilpatrick Townsend Names Audra Dial Managing Partner of Atlanta Office

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ms. Dial Becomes First Woman to Lead Firm’s Largest Office

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that it has namedAudra Dial the new managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office. Ms. Dial, who becomes the first woman to lead the Atlanta office, succeeds Wab Kadaba who served as Atlanta’s managing partner for three years. Mr. Kadaba, who is now serving as Chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Intellectual Property Department, will lead the firm’s global intellectual property practice and will also serve on the firm’s five-person Management Committee. Mr. Kadaba will continue his practice at the firm representing clients in patent, trademark and trade secret litigation matters, covering technologies as diverse as software, telecommunications, e-commerce, medical devices, footwear and chemical compositions.

“It is a great honor and responsibility to be leading the firm’s largest office,” said Audra Dial, Atlanta Office Managing Partner. “Having been with Kilpatrick Townsend for nearly 16 years, I have had the privilege of being involved in numerous firm leadership roles. I look forward to using this extensive experience to create opportunities that enhance the firm’s tremendous reputation as a great place to work and its ability to continue providing exceptional client service. I also want to take a moment to thank Wab for his outstanding leadership in guiding the Atlanta office.”

Kilpatrick Townsend also announced today that Mehrnaz Boroumand Smith will be the managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. Both of Kilpatrick Townsend’s largest offices are now led by women.

Ms. Dial is an experienced litigator in Kilpatrick Townsend’s nationally recognized Patent Litigation and Technology Litigation Teams. She focuses her practice on complex federal court litigation involving trade secrets, patent disputes, restrictive employment covenants and complex business disputes involving intellectual property. Ms. Dial has obtained favorable verdicts in many high-profile intellectual property disputes, including on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies. She has represented companies whose intellectual property was misused both domestically and abroad.

Ms. Dial is the past President of the Junior League of Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta Advisory Council. Ms. Dial is a former member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics of Georgia, the Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta Children's Shelter and Trees Atlanta.

Ms. Dial was honored by the State Bar of Georgia and The Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism in 2013 with a Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award for her significant contributions to her community beyond her legal work. She was selected by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Georgia Chapter as a participant in its MS Leadership Class of 2012. Ms. Dial has also been recognized as a 2011 POW! Award winner by Womenetics, a 2011 IMPACT Leader by Business to Business magazine, 2010 "Up and Comer" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Junior League Woman to Watch and for the past seven years, and a Georgia "Super Lawyer" from 2013-2014 and a Georgia "Rising Star" from 2006-2012 by Super Lawyers magazine. She has been profiled by Chambers and Partners in its Women in Law section and has been recognized as a 2013 "Legal Elite" for General Practice by Georgia Trend magazine. In 2012, Ms. Dial was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Trade Secrets Litigation.

Ms. Dial has chaired the firm’s Women’s Initiative and served as a member on the firm’s Hiring Committee. She is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership, patent litigation, protecting trade secrets against misuse, including through social media and corporate espionage, electronic discovery, and diversity issues.

Ms. Dial received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from American University, where she graduated cum laude in Interdisciplinary Studies.

For more information about Kilpatrick Townsend, please visit and follow the firm on Twitter @KTS_Law. You can follow Ms. Dial on Twitter @AudraDial.

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