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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • 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

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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, London and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 5 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 5 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 14 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 16 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 27 9 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 45 -5 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 81 36 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 58 -8 Summer programs

In the News

Del. Court Wipes Out $250M Verdict Against Covidien Unit

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : October 01, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court's ruling is a victory for ev3's appellate lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who said it will help shield Delaware companies from attacks over deal terms that were never made final.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Lawyers Shoot for the Moon With Fee Bid in LBO Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : September 29, 2014

Scott & Scott, Robins Kaplan and Robbins Geller didn't end up getting the billions in damages they were seeking in a class action alleging that private equity firms fixed the prices of leveraged buyouts. But you wouldn't know it from the bold attorneys fee request they made on Friday.

A Year of Slow But Solid Growth for Global 100 Firms

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

A surge in dealmaking boosted the top and bottom lines for the world's top-grossing firms, which experienced steady if unspectacular growth in 2013.

Kirkland, Wilson Sonsini Take Tibco Software Private

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Silicon Valley stalwart Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is advising Tibco Software, the Palo Alto-based enterprise software company founded by Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, on its proposed $4.3 billion sale to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. The deal is the largest leveraged buyout in the technology industry so far this year.

Refresh or Replace?

Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

A hardware update long meant buying newer, faster computers. Now tablets have made the choices more complicated.

A Bank, a Bankruptcy, and the World of Shariah Law

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

The Chapter 11 restructuring of Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank, led by Gibson Dunn, saw U.S. bankruptcy courts faced for the first time with the world of Shariah law.

Bingham Starts Hiring Again, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 27, 2014

After months of partner departures, Bingham McCutchen has dipped into the lateral market to make some hires of its own by bringing on an energy partner in Washington, D.C., and a senior counsel in San Francisco. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Holder Leaves His Imprint on Major Cases in New York

Mark Hamblett and Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : September 26, 2014

Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday said he will resign from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he has served since 2009 as the country's first black attorney general.

Big Deals: Local Jones Day Team Advises Eastman Chemical on $1.8B Acquisition

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 26, 2014

A slew of lawyers in Jones Day's Atlanta office advised Eastman Chemical Co. on an agreement to acquire a specialty chemical company, Taminco Corp., for $1.8 billion in cash.

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess, Part II

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : September 26, 2014

One manifestation of structural problems with the current mechanism for funding legal education is, well, structures.

Judge's Refusal to Stay Patent Case Sets Off Scuffle

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 26, 2014

JPMorgan and its attorneys are trying to force a stay while the PTAB reviews a patent wielded by Intellectual Ventures.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : September 24, 2014

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications are around the web: Blackberry's unlikely fee request; Ruth Bader Ginsburg on why she's not going anywhere; CIA editorial humor.

Epiq Systems Responds to 'Take-Private' Overture

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : September 24, 2014

Investors acquired a significant equity position in Epiq Systems with an interest to take the company private.

The Same-Sex Marriage Petitions

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : September 24, 2014

A list of cases, along with counsel of record and additional counsel.

Akin Loses Two, But Again Raids Bingham, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 23, 2014

Bingham McCutchen lost four more partners to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld this week in Hong Kong and London, as the former continues to pursue a potential merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. McCarter & English adds eight partners of its own through a merger, Jones Day hires another Latin American dealmaker and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

BlackBerry Seeks Fees to Cap Off Patent Winning Streak

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 23, 2014

Rival Mformation, represented by Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines, should have conceded defeat in the district court, say lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Cognizant Pays $2.7B for TriZetto

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : September 19, 2014

Cognizant, an IT provider in Teaneck, N.J., made a big move last week when it announced it paid $2.7 billion in cash to acquire health-care software company TriZetto Corp.

Iraq Loses Its Bid for Oil-for-Food Damages

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : September 19, 2014

The Republic of Iraq cannot pursue damages against some 90 companies for allegedly conspiring with Saddam Hussein to corrupt and plunder the United Nations-administered oil-for-food program during the last years of the dictator's regime, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.

Freshfields Poaches Fried Frank Capital Markets Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2014

Valerie Ford Jacob, the head of the capital markets group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, is leaving with partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp to join Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. The moves are the latest high-profile lateral hires by Freshfields in the U.S.

Iraq Loses Its Bid for Oil-for-Food Damages

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : September 18, 2014

The Republic of Iraq can't pursue damages against some 90 companies for allegedly conspiring with Saddam Hussein to corrupt and plunder the U.N-administered oil-for-food program during the last years of the dictator's regime, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.

Jones Day Continues Deal Spree with SAP's Concur Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 18, 2014

German software giant SAP has turned to Jones Day and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for its $8.3 billion acquisition of enterprise software company Concur Technologies. The deal is one of a handful of major software transactions announced so far this month and third major M&A mandate in a week for Jones Day.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

GM Seeks To Block Deposition of Former In-House Attorney

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 16, 2014

General Motors Co. is asking a federal judge overseeing more than 100 ignition-switch lawsuits to halt discovery in a Georgia case in which one of its former senior attorneys faces deposition as soon as November.

Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Resumes After Settlement

Ed White : The Associated Press : September 15, 2014

A judge refused to extend a timeout Monday in Detroit's bankruptcy trial after a deal with a major creditor removed another opponent from the city's plan to exit the largest Chapter 9 case in U.S. history.

Detroit Trial Elicits Unusual Apology From Kirkland, Syncora

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2014

Less than a week after insurer Syncora dropped its opposition to Detroit's plan to emerge from Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the company and its lawyers at Kirkland issued an extraordinary public apology Monday for attacking the motives and good faith of the two mediators working on the city's reorganization.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Am Law Firms Advise on Pair of Health Care Mergers

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2014

Monday was a big day for health care company mergers, with Latham & Watkins, Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom taking the lead on two deals with a combined value of nearly $5 billion.

Sidley Snags Cam Kerry, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 13, 2014

Sidley Austin has hired Cameron Kerry, a former general counsel and acting secretary at the U.S. Commerce Department and younger brother of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as senior counsel in Boston and Washington, D.C. The Am Law Daily looks at Kerry's hire and more in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.