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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

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.

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

Kirkland Leads Billion-Dollar Chinese Medicine Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2015

State-owned China Traditional Chinese Medicine is buying an 81.5 percent stake in a competitor.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs; Merck / Cubist; Visteon Stake Sale; GIC / IndCor Properties; NextEra / Hawaiian Electric; Paramount Group IPO

Big Suits

David Bario, Scott Flaherty and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson; In Re Forex Benchmark Rates and Antitrust Litigation; Harris Country v. International Paper; In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities; SimpleAir v. Google

Lateral Hiring Stays Strong, but Firms Curb Pay Pledges

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Lateral hiring remains at a near record, but more firms seek to manage risk by pulling back on compensation guarantees.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Advise on $18 Billion Energy Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2015

The $18 billion merger between Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners tops a roundup of eight deals breaking the billion-dollar mark this week.

Banks Lose Bid to Escape Forex Antitrust Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2015

A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday delivered an early-inning win to plaintiffs lawyers at Hausfeld LLP and Scott & Scott in a suit accusing a dozen major banks of widespread manipulation of the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.

Banks Lose Bid to Escape Forex Antitrust Class Action

Scott Flaherty : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 28, 2015

Less than a month after JPMorgan Chase & Co. reached a settlement in the case, U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield refused to dismiss consolidated class action claims against a group of financial industry giants including Bank of America Corp., Barclays PLC and Citigroup Inc. Schofield held that the plaintiffs plausibly alleged an antitrust conspiracy in which the banks' top forex traders agreed to rig the market for more than a decade.

King & Spalding Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2015

Five lawyers join King & Spalding, as two others depart; Haynes and Boone heads to Denver; Pillsbury Winthrop adds 10 in Texas; Latham & Watkins lures a well-pedigreed litigator and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sidley Austin Poaches Wilson Sonsini's Beijing Head

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2015

Capital markets partner Kefei Li has advised Chinese companies on IPOs in Hong Kong and the United States.

Morning Wrap: Confirmation Clash | White House Drone Fallout

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 27, 2015

Senate Republicans announce the witnesses scheduled to testify at Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearings. A federal appeals court upholds the campaign finance conviction of a prominent Nevada lawyer. A drone's unannounced visit at the White House is causing a few problems. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.


: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

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

Top Rainmaker Leaves Kirkland for Paul Weiss

Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2015

Taurie Zeitzer, a leading M&A lawyer who joined Kirkland & Ellis two years ago from Latham & Watkins, is taking her private equity expertise to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2015

Ten firms announce promotions, while four more have added attorneys.

Orr Hired as Consultant for Ailing Atlantic City

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2015

Former Jones Day restructuring partner Kevyn Orr, who left the firm in 2013 to serve as emergency manager of Detroit, has been hired as a part-time consultant in Atlantic City by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Orr will advise Kevin Lavin, former FTI Consulting restructuring attorney, who will serve as emergency manager for Atlantic City, which has fallen on tough economic times since four casinos closed last year.

Fried Frank Chair Discusses Asia Exit

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2015

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson chair David Greenwald says the firm's decision to effectively close its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and pull out of Asia, as revealed by The American Lawyer on Monday, was a "difficult but necessary decision."


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2015

Transforming its office space and gaining a better view, Kirkland & Ellis has signed a 20-year lease extension for its headquarters to remain at 601 Lexington Ave., while Mintz & Gold has increased its office space with a move to 600 Third Ave.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Weil Sees 'Strong Rebound Year'

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2015

After two consecutive years of profits per equity partner dipping by high single digits, Weil, Gotshal & Manges is reporting a 16.5 percent upswing for 2014, with PPP climbing to $2.4 million from $2.065 million—a level not seen since 2011.

Hedge Funds Add Top Talent, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Kirkland & Ellis saw a pair of leading M&A partners depart for new roles on the business side; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Willkie Farr; Skadden snags a leading trusts and estates lawyer; Squire Patton Boggs adds a retired Utah congressman; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Notes From GM Investigation Are Privileged, Judge Finds

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2015

Notes and memos on witness interviews that General Motors' lawyers, led by Jenner & Block chairman Anton Valukas, assembled for an internal report on the company's ignition switch problems are protected by the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product doctrine, a federal judge has ruled.

Supreme Court Rejects Teva Appeal in Drug Labeling Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2015

Dealing a blow to Teva Pharmaceuticals and its lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis, the high court declined to hear a closely watched appeal over when federal law preempts patient lawsuits against generic drug companies.

Supreme Court Changes Rules for Patent Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2015

Putting an end to pure de novo review, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, Tuesday that the factual findings of district judges cannot be overruled absent clear error.

Judge Weighs Motions to Dismiss Challenge to Tenure Law

Karen Matthews : The Associated Press : January 16, 2015

Lawyers for teachers' unions, New York City and New York state asked a judge on Wednesday to dismiss two lawsuits challenging statutes governing teacher tenure, saying the lawsuits raise issues that should be decided by the Legislature.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.

Kirkland, Jones Day in Caesars Bankruptcy Showdown

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2015

Two of the country's top bankruptcy lawyers—Kirkland & Ellis' James Sprayregen and Jones Day's Bruce Bennett—are facing off in the Chapter 11 case of a subsidiary of casino and gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corp.

New Jersey M&A Market Finally Rebounds in 2014

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

It proved to be a strong rebound year in 2014 for mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., and dealmaking involving New Jersey corporations was no exception. It's a long-awaited development M&A lawyers chalked up largely to a return of confidence to the marketplace.

After Long Careers, Am Law Luminaries Look to New Horizons

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2015

From Akin's John Dowd to Vinson & Elkins' Joe Dilg, the start of 2015 has led some lions of the bar to retire. Some, like Dilg, are leaving Am Law 100 life early to try their hand on the business side, while others, such as Baker Botts' Robert Jordan and McGuireWoods' Richard Lieberman, are preparing for book tours.

The Morning Wrap: A Win for Consumers at the High Court

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 14, 2015

A round up of legal news from ALM and around the web: The U.S. Supreme Court rules for consumers in a mortgage case; Dodd-Frank under attack; JPMorgan's profits fall as legal costs top $1 billion.

Water Master Tells Georgia and Florida: Speed Up Case or Settle It

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 13, 2015

Lawyers for Georgia and Florida have been fighting over water for years but on one issue they appear to have something in common: pushing back against the litigation schedule pushed by the U.S. Supreme Court's special master.