Daniel Barlava

With a focus on complex commercial litigation, Daniel Barlava is a key member of the KBK legal team who has successfully developed key documents and arguments for clients at the state and federal level. He has experience in a variety of matters including intellectual property disputes, patent license defense, and breaches of contract that span myriad industries.

Mr. Barlava also maintains an active pro bono practice with an emphasis on asylum and 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

  • Leopold Fellowship (2013–14)

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Helped obtain a favorable decision on a patent license defense in connection with a $2.2 billion verdict for patent infringement.
  • Helped draft a motion to dismiss the Delaware Chancery Court in connection with an action for breach of contract.
  • Helped draft a motion for summary judgment in the U.S. District of Delaware in connection with a patent license defense.
  • Drafted litigation documents in connection with a patent license defense in the U.S. District of Delaware.
  • Drafted litigation documents for an action for trademark infringement in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Assisted, prepared for, and attended depositions in connection with a patent license defense.
  • Drafted portions of an expert report in an action for copyright infringement.

Pro Bono

  • Represented pro-bono clients in asylum proceedings.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, 2015
  • “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