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Kirk D. Dillman

Los Angeles Office
Los Angeles Office

One California Plaza
300 South Grand Ave, Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90071
TEL: 213.694.1101 FAX: 213.694.1234

Kirk Dillman is a Principal in the Los Angeles office of McKool Smith Hennigan.  Mr. Dillman specializes in complex commercial litigation and trial practice, primarily in the areas of finance, securities, energy, real estate, trade secrets, partnership and health care fraud. He joined the firm in 1998 after co-counseling in the successful prosecution of various securities actions arising out of the Orange County bankruptcy.

Mr. Dillman has successfully tried numerous complex commercial disputes in both federal and state courts and before arbitrators and arbitration panels around the country. His clients include major regional real estate developers, technology companies, financial institutions and high net worth individuals. He regularly prosecutes high-profile actions against many of the largest public companies in the world. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dillman was a partner in Augustini, Wheeler & Dillman, a boutique litigation and trial practice firm in Los Angeles.

Representative Matters

  • Prosecution of claims in state court on behalf of Cogent Systems, a publicly-traded automated fingerprint identification system company, against Northrop Grumman for trade secret misappropriation in connection with a $250 million fingerprint identification contracts in the UK;
  • Prosecution of an action in federal court against Capital One for misappropriation and partnership claims involving the development and implementation of data-mining technology;
  • Prosecution of numerous actions around the country on behalf of large U.S. financial institutions against Wall Street banks for securities fraud in connection with the purchase of more than $1 billion of Enron and Enron-related securities;
  • Prosecution of adversary proceedings on behalf of bond holders in the United Airlines bankruptcy concerning the value of airport terminals at LAX and a wide-body aircraft maintenance facility at SFO;
  • Prosecution of claims on behalf of bankruptcy trustee against approximately 220 partners of bankrupt national law firm;
  • Prosecution in conjunction with a team of top law firms around the country of whistleblower claims against Columbia/HCA Inc. arising out of one of the largest healthcare frauds in the history of the United States;
  • Defense of claims against developer for purported interest in major retail shopping center;
  • Defense of partnership dispute against developer of high-rise condominium project;
  • Prosecution of fraud and contract claims against Maxtor on behalf of Stormedia in connection with a breach of a long-term supply contract; and
  • Fontainebleau Litigation. Secured settlements of $415 million from Bank of America as bank agent, directors and officers of Fontainebleau, and others on behalf of lenders in connection with claims arising out of the financial collapse of the Fontainebleau Resort and Casino project in Las Vegas.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters, United States District Court, Central District of California, 1983-85
  • Trustee to President, Center for Law in the Public Interest, 1999-2006
  • Trustee, Western Center of Law and Poverty, 2016-Present
  • Executive Committee and past-Chair, Litigation Section of Los Angeles County Bar, 2011-Present
  • Member, Chancery Club of Los Angeles, 2012-Present
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Fellows of American Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked as a leading lawyer in Commercial litigation by Best Lawyers (2015-2017)
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2007-2017)