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Denise L. McKenzie

Denise L. McKenzie

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Denise McKenzie is a partner in Kirkland's Los Angeles office and a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property group. She has participated in and led both bench and jury trials. She was a member of the trial team that obtained a jury verdict awarding patent infringement damages of more than $184 million to her client against a well-known information technology company. Her patent litigation practice includes cases that involve computer architecture, semiconductor technology, computer software and hardware, and internet-related technology.

In 2009 Denise was lead trial counsel as a volunteer prosecutor at the Inglewood City Attorney's office in criminal cases, handling all phases of several jury trials..In 2009 and 2010, Denise was named a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Los Angeles Magazine. 


  • University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1996
  • University of Southern California, M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1988
  • Hughes Aircraft Masters Fellowship.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Mathematics - System Science, 1985

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1997, California

Prior Experience

  • Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, (2004-2010)
  • Volunteer Prosecutor, Inglewood City Attorney's Office, (2009)
  • Associate, Pretty Schroeder & Poplawski, (1999-2000)
  • Associate, Merchant & Gould, (1996-1999)

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