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- Designation: Chicago
- Head Count: 1,554
- Gross Revenues: $2,016,000,000
- Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,295,000
- Profits Per Partner: $3,280,000
- Year Over Year Change: 0
Kirkland & Ellis is a Chicago-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Kirkland & Ellis has 1554 attorneys and is the 14th largest firm in the United States. With $2,016,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 5th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking. On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Kirkland & Ellis ranked as the 6th highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm has offices in CA, CO, DC, IL and NY.
In the News
Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 17, 2014
Kirkland & Ellis partner and former top federal prosecutor Michael Garcia stepped down from his role as head of the investigatory branch of FIFA's ethics committee after the organization declined to consider his protest.
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer and David Birnbaum : Corporate Counsel : December 16, 2014
Legal educators must remember their calling: to prepare future professionals with enough substantive knowledge, skills and judgment to service the vast legal market, including the transactional domain.
Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : December 16, 2014
A federal judge in New York has allowed a consolidated consumer class action to go forward against General Motors Co. over its ignition switch recalls—although on a limited basis.
Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 15, 2014
Kirkland & Ellis just guaranteed $36 million to its latest partner hire.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014
Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Schulte Roth, Skadden and Paul Hastings grabbed roles on the largest leveraged buyout for a U.S. company in 2014 as PetSmart, the nation's largest pet-store chain, on Sunday acquiesced to the demands of an activist investor and agreed to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a group led by private equity firm BC Partners. One day later, another activist fund headed by a Harvard Law School graduate prevailed in its bid to force an LBO at Riverbed Technology.
Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has continued to develop its London transactional practice with the addition of another senior partner, bringing in renowned leveraged finance expert Stephen Gillespie from Kirkland & Ellis.
Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 15, 2014
A number of firms headquartered outside Texas opened offices in the Lone Star State during 2014, spurring lateral moves.
: The National Law Journal : December 15, 2014
Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 14, 2014
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : December 11, 2014
*Skadden, Davis Polk advise on $619 million share sale by JD.com investors*MoFo, White & Case and Hunton & Williams on $4.4 billion Japan-led financing for LNG plant in Texas*Allen & Gledhill acts for Alibaba subsidiary on stake purchase in mobile security company V-Key
Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 11, 2014
Bill Cosby faces another lawsuit, the U.S. Congress plans to increase federal spending for courts, and Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis bask in the aura of the lateral move market: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.
Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : December 11, 2014
In response to mounting water litigation, Gov. Nathan Deal has created a new role of water czar and named a top government lawyer to the position.
Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : December 11, 2014
As criticism of Rolling Stone mounts over the magazine's sensational story of sexual assault at the University of Virginia, a UVA associate dean, a student featured in the article and others associated with the controversy are lawyering up.
Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 10, 2014
Linklaters senior associate Mark Cooper will join in February.
Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2014
In yet another high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has lured away trial lawyer James Hurst from Winston & Strawn, his professional home for 25 years.
Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : December 10, 2014
General counsel Robert Weber, the man who added "faster" and "smarter" to IBM's classic THINK motto in the legal department, is leaving his post after eight years in the job.
: The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014
Two Kirkland & Ellis partners have departed, moving to Willkie Farr and Bristol-Myers Squibb; Chadbourne & Parke has added a former U.S. ambassador to Uruguay; and other moves.
: The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014
Laterals, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.
Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : December 05, 2014
A federal judge has ordered General Motors Co. to produce performance evaluations of 32 current and former employees, including many in the legal department who were highlighted in an internal report for failing to alert senior executives about a dangerous ignition-switch defect.
R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : December 05, 2014
Three attorneys knowledgeable of federal antitrust laws have shared with the Daily Report some observations about the pending anti-trust litigation against Delta Air Lines and competitor AirTran.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014
A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Ross Todd : The Recorder : December 05, 2014
In a blog post, Cisco GC Mark Chandler accused Arista executives who previously worked at Cisco of copying a dozen features.
Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : December 04, 2014
General counsel are looking for more attention from senior partners and in-depth discussions around business strategy and impact.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 04, 2014
As the holiday season rolls around, transactional work for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is ramping up. The firm recently grabbed a role on a handful of big deals worth more than $15 billion for clients like Hawaiian Electric Industries, Japan's Ostuka Holdings, the Robb Report and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund.
Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 04, 2014
*Skadden guides Singapore's GIC on $8.1 billion U.S. logistics acquisition*Reed Smith leads Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties $6 billion upcoming IPO*Shearman on Chinese nuclear power producer CGN Power $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO
Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : December 03, 2014
The Delaware Court of Chancery has declined to enjoin Vista Equity Partners L.P.'s $4.2 billion acquisition of Tibco Software because the transaction's overall equity value was initially based on an inaccurate number of Tibco shares.
Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 02, 2014
Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines won a victory Tuesday for client Mformation Software Technologies.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 02, 2014
Ogletree Deakins, Quinn Emanuel and Winston & Strawn join the Houston hiring frenzy; Bingham McCutchen's exodus continues; three Howrey alums find a new home at Novak Druce; Jenner & Block brings on a former Deepwater Horizon task force head; Skadden adds one in London and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014
Some U.S. firms have done well in the London legal market. But overall, performance is mixed.
Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014
The firm spent big to lure Weil, Gotshal & Manges banking head Stephen Lucas.