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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, DC, IL, NY and TX.

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

Skadden, Kirkland on $1.6B Deal Between China's 'Craigslists'

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 17, 2015

China's and are letting go of a 10-year-old rivalry and joining forces.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 16, 2015

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, O'Melveny & Myers, Schiff Hardin and Pavia & Harcourt have each added a new partner.

Another Forex Milestone as BofA Settles Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 16, 2015

Bank of America, represented by Shearman & Sterling, is the third bank to settle of the dozen targeted in antitrust litigation alleging widespread manipulation in the $5 trillion-per-day foreign exchange market.

Judge Scoots HIV Drug Pricing Feud to North Carolina

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 15, 2015

Once U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken indicated transfer was likely, lawyers for GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Labs agreed on a venue.

Introducing The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers

: The National Law Journal : April 15, 2015

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Court Again Rejects Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Ban Challenge

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : April 13, 2015

For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has turned back a challenge to New Jersey's ban on so-called gay "conversion therapy" for minors.

DC Moves: Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

A roundup of Washington, D.C. lateral moves and promotions.


: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Epiq Systems Acquires Iris Data in 'Ordinary Course of Business'

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : April 10, 2015

Managed e-discovery services provider Iris Data Services was acquired by Epiq Systems for $134 million.

Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Am Law Firms Advise on $70 Billion Royal Dutch Shell Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 09, 2015

Oil and gas tops off this week's list of billion-dollar deals, with Royal Dutch Shell plc's $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc. Magic Circle and Am Law firms landed roles on the mega deal, with Slaughter and May, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advising Shell, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer working on behalf of BG Group.

After Making New Law, Glaxo Fight May Head to New Court

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 08, 2015

At a hearing Wednesday, Judge Claudia Wilken seemed likely to transfer the dispute over HIV drug pricing, which has already been tried once, to either Illlinois or North Carolina.

Two Top Prosecutors Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 07, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and Morrison & Foerster tap the U.S. Department of Justice for two notable hires; Kramer Levin adds a life sciences practice head; Nixon Peabody nabs a Jones Day band leader and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Take-No-Prisoners Battle Over Allergan

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 07, 2015

In a year filled with hostile bids, the Allergan-Valeant fight had it all: strange alliances, trash talk, lawsuits and plenty of scorched earth.

Kirkland on TCM's $930M Share Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 06, 2015

State-owned China Traditional Chinese Medicine is selling shares to a group of investors to fund its acquisition of Jiangyin Tianjiang Pharmaceutical.

Skadden Runs Up Against Davis Polk, S&C for Lead in M&A Rankings

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2015

After dominating the top spot in three separate M&A rankings of legal advisers by deal value last year, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom was bumped by Davis Polk & Wardwell and Sullivan & Cromwell in two of the rankings for the first quarter.

Court Won't Review N.C. Vote Restrictions, But More to Come

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : April 06, 2015

For the second time in two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear arguments over a voter ID law. But no one expects those denials to be the justices' final word on the controversial laws.

INADMISSIBLE: DLA Lawyer Slain After Craigslist Meetup

: The National Law Journal : April 06, 2015

Jamyra Gallmon went to a downtown Washington hotel on Feb. 9 to rob a man she'd met on Craigslist, the Metropolitan Police Department said in charging documents released last week. David Messerschmitt, a 30-year-old associate at DLA Piper, was in Room 400 at the Donovan Hotel that night.

Oil Refiners' Lobby Taps Crowell & Moring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 03, 2015

Crowell & Moring's environmental and natural resources chair decamps for a key client; Fried Frank hires a new litigation chief; McGuireWoods adds a former top Milbank litigator in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kirkland Scores for Cubs in Spat Over Wrigley Signs

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : April 03, 2015

The owner of two rooftop businesses near the Chicago Cubs' stadium tried to halt the erection of a Jumbotron, claiming the sign would block views and devastate his business.

Dechert, DLA Piper Make Hires From Rival Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 02, 2015

Dechert and DLA Piper both grew their corporate practice bench strength Wednesday with hires in the private equity and life sciences M&A sectors.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law Firms Advise on UnitedHealth's $12.8 Billion Catamaran Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more features UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion acquisition of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Sullivan & Cromwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Squire Patton Boggs advised UnitedHealth in the transaction, while Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie worked on behalf of Catamaran.

Big Firms Hit Home Run Ahead of Opening Day

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

As Major League Baseball prepares to begin its 2015 season—the first under new commissioner and former Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Robert Manfred Jr.—the union representing the league's players has filed its annual report detailing expenses to 14 outside legal advisers, including three Am Law 200 firms.

Big Deals

Michelle Chapman and Candice Choi : The Associated Press : April 02, 2015

Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans on March 25 to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

Clinton-Era Patent Case Still Haunting 3M

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 01, 2015

After churning through six law firms, seven judges and more than 17 years of litigation, Pall Corp.'s infringement case against 3M is still alive—and now it may finally be headed to trial.

23 Law Firms Honored By Federal Court for Pro Bono

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 01, 2015

A pro bono legal work awards breakfast for D.C. law firms and lawyers Wednesday morning pointed out the central divide between those who need free legal help and those who can offer it: It all comes down to money.

Fried Frank Hires DLA Piper's $5 Million Man

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 01, 2015

Fresh off a rebound financial year in 2014, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has hired a new litigation chair in James "Jamie" Wareham from DLA Piper, a global legal giant that made its soon-to-be-former partner a $5 million man after hiring him four years ago from Paul Hastings.

AmLaw 100 Emoji Edition: D.C. Firms' Results, Part 2

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 31, 2015

Back by popular demand, we bestow money-judging emoji unto another group of D.C.'s largest law firms. The group below includes firms that are among the largest 25 in the metro area and claim a founding city outside of Washington.

Judge Trims Patent Claims Against Cisco, Juniper Networks

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 31, 2015

A judge in Delaware tossed claims that Cisco and Juniper willfully infringed several patents that were originally part of a massive IP portfolio acquired by Rockstar Consortium from the Nortel Networks bankruptcy.

Corporate Scorecard: The Trends Driving Dealmaking

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Transactions work was up across the board in 2014, with record-setting years in M&A and capital markets activity.