Daniel Barlava

With a focus on complex commercial litigation, Daniel Barlava is a key member of the KBK legal team who has successfully developed strategies and arguments for clients at the state and federal level, as well as in confidential arbitration proceedings and mediations. He has experience in a variety of matters spanning myriad industries, including breach of contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, employment law, public policy, and white collar defense.

Mr. Barlava also maintains an active pro bono practice with an emphasis on immigration law.


Columbia Law School, J.D., 2020

  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (2017–2020)
  • Journal of Environmental Law

Northwestern University, B.A., Economics and History, 2014

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Obtained a favorable decision on a patent license defense in federal court in connection with a patent valued at more than $1 billion.
  • Settled numerous copyright infringement disputes on favorable terms for defendants.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of an employer movie studio in connection with a breach of contract and employment discrimination claim related to COVID-19.
  • Representing Los Angeles County in proceedings in federal court related to the use of force in Los Angeles jail facilities.
  • Representing a chairman of the board of directors of a publicly traded company in connection with a federal investigation.

Pro Bono

  • Obtained a grant of asylum for a family from El Salvador before the Santa Ana Immigration Court.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, 2015
  • A Bitt[n]er Pill to Swallow”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2022
  • “Years after rapper was convicted for killing, questions raised about his case,” The Lens
  • Irell and Manella LLP
    Associate, November 2020—April 2022
  • California, 2021
  • U.S. District Courts
    Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit