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Desiree F. Moore

Partner and Director of Learning & Professional Development
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Desiree F. Moore is a litigation partner and a founding member of the firm’s Digital Crisis Planning & Response (DCPR) client solution. She counsels corporations, educational institutions, and high-profile individuals in proactively planning for and effectively managing digital crisis situations, including where corporations and their executives are defamed, harassed, or impersonated online, university and other education scandals, corporate imposter accounts and websites, and leaked confidential and proprietary information. In this capacity, Ms. Moore also regularly helps clients proactively identify and manage the risks associated with social media use. Ms. Moore counsels individuals and corporations alike on social media best practices, how to effectively implement regulations for social media use in and outside of the workplace, and implementing discipline for unlawful social media use.

As a trial attorney, Ms. Moore has successfully litigated in state and federal court and has managed high-level disputes in sectors such as cryptocurrency, social media, intellectual property, entertainment, product liability, labor and employment, and class action defense at the trial and appellate court level. As a co-resident of the firm’s Doha, Qatar office, Ms. Moore also has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration.

Ms. Moore is actively involved in the firm-wide Women in the Profession group and spearheads the Women’s Mastermind program, which supports the business development goals of women associates and partners.


Ms. Moore is the author of the book Thrive – A New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice (ABA 2012), as well as many articles on the subject of new lawyer training and development. In law school, Ms. Moore was the Conference Editor of the Loyola Law Journal and a member of the ABA Moot Court Team, where she placed fifth in the Best Oralist category in the ABA Moot Court National Competition. She was also the President of the Student Bar Association, an academic tutor, and the Joan Marie Corboy Scholarship Recipient (2005).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board of Governors for Loyola University Chicago School of Law (present)
  • USA Gymnastics (Ethics and Grievance Subcommittee of the Board of USAG, present)
  • American Bar Association Middle East North Africa Rule of Law Initiative (Council Member, present)
  • Global Fine Art Awards (Executive Committee and Board Member, present)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Judicial Evaluation Committee Member, 2012
  • Reach Out & Read Illinois (Junior Board Member 2012-2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Leading Globally: New Paradigms for Navigating Successfully in Today's World,” International Executive Resources Group, January 23, 2019
  • “General Counsel University - Sexual Harassment and Social Media in the Workplace,” presented at K&L Gates Pittsburgh, May 22, 2018
  • “Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Going: Provenance and Purchase in the Blockchain Age” - a live program hosted by K&L Gates and GFAA, March 2018
  • “General Counsel University - Like This - How to Assess and Manage your Social Media Risk,” presented at K&L Gates Chicago, October 25, 2017
  • “Linking In - How to Enhance Your Legal Marketing, Trial, and Other Practitioner Skills Through Social Media,” presented at the National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Conference, July 14, 2016
  • “Handling Unlawful Content on Social Media Sites,” presented via K&L Gates webinar, March 25, 2015
  • Legal Writing, Arbitration, and Trial Work, Guest Lecturer - Qatar University - 2015
  • “The Essential Guide to Successful In-House Lawyering,” presented at K&L Gates Chicago, February 4, 2014
  • Television interview advising summer associates about best practices in a law firm environment, presented to Bloomberg Law
  • “Speaking to Generation Next,” presented at National Association for Law Placement 2013 Annual Education Conference, April 26, 2013
  • “Key Communication Skills for Young Lawyers,” presented at Ms. JD Annual Conference, October 6, 2013

Additional Information

Ms. Moore regularly writes and lectures on various legal topics including social media and the law and the intersection of art and law. She also lectures and writes on practitioner topics, including professionalism, new lawyer training, and entrepreneurship. Ms. Moore has contributed to K&L Gates’ Arbitration World publication and is a contributor to Law360, Above the Law, The Girl’s Guide to Law School, the Lexis Nexis Hub for New Lawyers, and other publications directed to the legal community.
Intellectual Property, Social Media, Cryptocurrency, and Other Creative Industries 
  • On-going digital crisis planning and response work, including combating and removing unlawful content that is posted online and helping corporations and high-profile individuals proactively plan for such crises.
  • On-going social media work, including preparing social media policies and procedures for public, private, and non-profit entities, social media reputation management, pre-dispute strategies for pre-empting unlawful social media conduct, social media crisis management, and lead counsel on disputes with social media implications.
  • Successfully represented a major food manufacturer in the removal of a defamatory online news article that was disseminated in print and digitally across the globe; the article was removed from all digital media, including the media entity’s social media platforms, and a correction was issued in print.
  • Co-lead defense counsel in a high-profile “naturals” litigation against a major sparkling water manufacturer currently pending in the Northern District of Illinois;
  • Lead trial counsel in a major cryptocurrency litigation consolidated and currently pending in the Southern District of Florida;
  • Successfully represented an international food supplier where a consumer posted a false and defamatory viral video on a popular social media platform about the nature and quality of one of the supplier’s key products; video was taken down and consumer ceased and desisted any further unlawful conduct.
  • Successfully represented major German corporation where a former employee created false profiles in the names of several “C” level executives and proceeded to defame and harass the executives on various public platforms; all defamatory and harassing efforts ceased without having to resort to litigation.
  • Middle East liaison and counsellor for international art authentication project on behalf of a U.S. art insurer.
  • Lead trial counsel on an intellectual property infringement matter on behalf of two Polish media conglomerates against a major international piracy operation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Obtained a permanent injunction against the pirates and a favorable settlement on behalf of the media clients.
  • Successfully provided intellectual property advice and guidance to an American corporation facing penalties and significant lost profits for "immoral" mark in Saudi Arabia.
  • Lead counsel and manager of a class action settlement on behalf of a theater company in a class action filed in Illinois federal court under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.
  • Assisted with the successful representation of a motion picture financier/producer after trial of US$11 million declaratory judgment action filed in Los Angeles, California relating to breach of settlement contract. In a bench trial, the judge rendered a verdict in favor of the financier/producer.
  • Achieved successful settlement on behalf of a Hong Kong freight forwarding company in an action against a former official for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of fiduciary duty.
General Commercial Disputes
  • Obtained complete defense verdict as second chair trial counsel for Life Fitness in Pellegrini v. L.A. Fitness, et al., which was tried in the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona. Therein, the plaintiffs claimed that a design defect in a Life Fitness exercise machine caused a failure of the machine, which rendered the plaintiff permanently disabled. Following a four-week trial, the jury returned a full defense verdict in favor of Life Fitness in less than one hour.
  • Key member of an international arbitration team that handled all pre-hearing work on a complex construction dispute pending before the ICC seated in London between an Indian contractor and a Qatari entity over the construction of a polysilicon plant in Doha.
  • One of the lead attorneys in two wrongful death actions pending in the U.S. and Qatar on behalf of families who lost children in a mall fire against numerous Qatari corporate entities.  
  • Negotiated highly favorable settlements for a real estate firm in a series of race, sex, and gender discrimination actions filed by former employees.
  • Acted as second chair trial counsel in the successful representation of a boating company in a personal injury action filed in Houston, Texas. Drafted strategic, successful motions in limine that forced an immediate settlement of the action on the eve of trial.
Appellate Work
  • Drafted response brief in Pellegrini v. Life Fitness, et al., in which plaintiffs, who lost at trial, appealed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. The trial victory was affirmed.
  • Drafted response brief in Malouf v. Equinox Holdings, Inc., v. Life Fitness, in which Equinox, whose third-party complaint against Life Fitness was dismissed with prejudice, appealed to New York Appellate Division, First Department. The trial court’s dismissal was affirmed.
  • Assisted with drafting response brief in T.R. World Gym, LLC, v. Brunswick Corporation, in which World Gym, whose claims were dismissed with prejudice by the trial court, appealed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. The trial court’s dismissal was affirmed.