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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 2012 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

For Paul Weiss Client, Time Runs Out to Opt Out

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

Lawyers for Sharp Electronics insisted that a missed opt-out deadline was "harmless oversight," but a federal judge disagreed.

Katten, Kaye Scholer Skate to Islanders Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Kaye Scholer is counseling the National Hockey League's New York Islanders on its reported $548 million sale to an investor group advised by Katten Muchin Rosenman that will take full control of the franchise in two years. The deal comes a week after Andrew Barroway, a former high-flying Philadelphia plaintiffs lawyer turned hedge fund executive, retained Blank Rome to sue the Islanders' current ownership after it allegedly reneged on a handshake deal to sell him the team.

Kirkland, Freshfields, Fried Frank Advise on Infineon Buy

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG has agreed to buy Silicon Valley-based International Rectifier Corp. in a $3 billion all-cash deal that would strengthen Infineon's regional presence and expand its economic scale in the power management technology business.

For Paul Weiss Client Sharp, Time Runs Out to Opt Out

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

Lawyers for Sharp Electronics insisted that a missed opt-out deadline in a price-fixing class action was a "harmless oversight," but a federal judge disagreed.

Banks Lose Last-Ditch Bid to Block NCUA Claims as Time-Barred

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

The Tenth Circuit ruled once again that the National Credit Union Administration didn't wait too long to sue big banks that sold billions of dollars in ill-fated mortgage-backed securities to federally chartered credit unions.

Rising Stars 2014: Britt Grant | 36

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 18, 2014

About two weeks into her job at the Office of Cabinet Affairs, Britt Grant found herself huddled on the bottom floor of the White House Mess, holding hands with fellow staffers and listening to reports of a plane that had crashed into the Pentagon just across the river.

The Churn: Bingham Tax Duo Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two more Bingham McCutchen partners depart in Washington, D.C., Jones Day loses two in the Midwest, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett hires in New York and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Feed Your Brain

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

If you want to be a better, more productive lawyer, take a vacation—a real one.

Kirkland Leads on Blackstone's $1.2 billion Shale Buy

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

The Blackstone Group will buy Royal Dutch Shell's 50 percent stake in a joint venture in Haynesville Shale. The acquisition marks yet another private equity deal led by corporate partner Andrew Calder, a former partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, which has gone head-to-head with Kirkland & Ellis in that space.

At Kirkland, Another Hire Amid Steady Stream of Departures

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis has hired again in Houston, adding former Baker Botts associate David Castro Jr. as a partner. But while the firm continues to make headlines on the transactional and lateral fronts, it's also dealing with the loss of more than 50 partners since the start of this year, many of whom have left its IP group.

Second Circuit Sides With Siemens in FCPA Whistleblower Case

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

The ruling is a victory for Siemens and its lawyers at Kirkland. But it's a disappointment for those who hoped the court would clarify whether Dodd-Frank protects employees who are fired after blowing the whistle internally but before alerting the SEC.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 11, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

New VirnetX Patent Case Survives Apple Challenge

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

The patent licensing company VirnetX got a boost on Friday in its latest fight with Apple, persuading a federal judge in East Texas that Apple can't revive defenses from an earlier case that culminated in a $368 million verdict for VirnetX.

INADMISSIBLE: Suit Over Shutdown Pay to Move Forward

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2014

The federal government violated labor laws by requiring certain employees to work without pay during last year's government shutdown, even though they were paid later on, a federal judge has ruled. Plus more in this week's column.

GM Crashes in Bid to Shut Down Ignition Defect Case

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 11, 2014

Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley said no Saturday to General Motors' motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company of covering up a deadly ignition switch defect.

The Churn: Pepper Hamilton Partner Returns to Public Service, Plus More Lateral Moves

Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Pepper Hamilton partner heads to the NYPD; Weil, Gotshal & Manges snags prominent bankruptcy partner from Kirkland & Ellis; and Shook, Hardy & Bacon brings aboard Gavel Babble columnist in our latest roundup of lateral moves in The Am Law 200.

Saturday Face-Off: GM Will Fight to Toss Out Meltons' Revived Lawsuit

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

When lawyers from around the country face off Saturday in a Marietta courtroom over a lawsuit against General Motors, their first argument will be over whether they should even be there.

Weil Snags Bankruptcy Partner From Rival Kirkland & Ellis

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis confirmed on Friday that Ray Schrock is leaving the firm. Weil in turn picks up a high-profile partner for its signature bankruptcy practice at a time when it has seen a steady wave of firm departures.

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 7, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

*Milbank leads Tata Steel's first dollar-denominated bond sale, worth $1.5 billion*Ropes & Gray advises Macquarie fund on investment in New York Stock Exchange-traded JinkoSolar*Malaysia's Sona Petroleum taps Norton Rose Fulbright for oil concession purchase in Gulf of Thailand

Kirkland Leads Qihoo's $900 Million Bond Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

Latham & Watkins, King & Wood Mallesons and Commerce & Finance Law Offices also had roles on the deal.

The Careerist: Top 50 Mommy Firms

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 06, 2014

A look at the subtext behind Working Woman magazine's "50 best firms for women."

Legal Aid Breaks Fundraising Record in Annual Campaign

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia raised more than $1.2 million in an annual law firm fundraising campaign, breaking previous records and crossing the $1 million mark for the first time.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Cobb Judge Sets Saturday Showdown for Melton v. GM

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 04, 2014

The showdown begins Saturday between General Motors and the Cobb County couple attempting to give back a $5 million settlement and sue again over an alleged decade-long corporate cover-up of the ignition switch defect they say killed their daughter.

Patience Rewarded

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

When Aflac went searching for a new general counsel, it found she was already there; and other Moves.

Latham, Wachtell File Takeover Defense Suit for Allergan

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Allergan claims that hostile bidder Valeant colluded with activist investor Bill Ackman, enabling Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square to trade on inside information.

Asia Deal Digest: July 31, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 31, 2014

*Ashurst, Morrison & Foerster lead billion-dollar tie-up between Itochu and CP Group*Kirkland & Ellis acting for Chinese mobile game developer iDreamSky Technology on Nasdaq IPO*Milbank on GIC's investment in Philippine conglomerate Metro Pacific

Judge Stays Insurer's Case Against Dewey Defendants

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

A federal court judge in Iowa has granted a stay in Aviva Life and Annuity Company's civil suit against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives while also allowing an interlocutory appeal to proceed to the Eighth Circuit.

Latest Pharma Deals Draw Counsel from Am Law Firms

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

AstraZeneca has agreed to buy the rights to respiratory drugs owned by Almirall for $2.1 billion, with Covington & Burling and British firm CMS Cameron McKenna. Meanwhile, Kirkland & Ellis and Sidley Austin are leading the way on Pfizer's acquisition of Baxter International's vaccine portfolio.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe and Amanda Bronstad : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Meritor v. Eaton; Catholic Healthcare West v. U.S. Foods; Vergara v. State of California; Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell; Macy's v. J.C. Penney