Audra Dial is the Managing Partner for the firm's Atlanta office. Ms. Dial is an experienced litigator in Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP’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. In 2012, Ms. Dial was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Trade Secrets Litigation.
She is the past President of the Junior League of Atlanta. Ms. Dial currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Georgia and a member of the Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta Advisory Council. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of 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. Ms. Dial has been profiled by Chambers and Partners in its Women in Law section. Ms. Dial has been recognized as a 2013 "Legal Elite" for General Practice by Georgia Trend magazine.
Ms. Dial chairs the firm’s Women’s Initiative and serves 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.
From 2006-2009, she was a member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers’ Judicial Applicant Review Committee, and in 2007 she held the role of Vice Chair for the Atlanta Women's Foundation's Women in Law Event. She is a 2005 member of Pathbuilder’s Achieva Class and a founding member of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation Destiny Fund. Ms. Dial earned her J.D. from William and Mary School of Law. Ms. Dial is involved with the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the Federal Bar Association, Women in Electronic Discovery, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Dial received her Bachelor of Arts from American University, where she graduated cum laude in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Professional & Community Activities
Special Olympics of Georgia, Board Member and Secretary
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta Advisory Council Member
Georgia Immigration & Asylum Network ("GAIN"), Board Member
Pink Ribbons fundraising luncheon, Chair (2013)
Meals on Wheels Sunday Suppers, Chair (2013)
Georgia CASA fundraising luncheon, Fashion Show Chair (2013)
American Heart Association Go Red for Women, Circle of Red Chair (2012-2013)
American Heart Association Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, Member
Women in Electronic Discovery, Member
National Association of Women Lawyers, Member
IPO Trade Secrets Committee, Member
Junior League of Atlanta Board of Directors, Past President (2010-2011)
Trees Atlanta, Former Board Member
Atlanta Speech School, Former Board Member
Atlanta Children's Shelter, Former Board Member
William & Mary Law Review, Former Managing Editor
William and Mary Law School Alumni Association, Past President (2003-2004)