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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

Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Steps into Uncharted Territory

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : August 30, 2014

The city's proposed plan to emerge from the biggest municipal bankruptcy is fraught with complexities. Among the issues to be argued by several Am Law firms during the six-week trial, which begins Tuesday, is whether securities holders insured by Syncora Guarantee Inc. are getting their fair share.

Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Steps into Uncharted Territory

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : August 30, 2014

The city's proposed plan to emerge from the biggest municipal bankruptcy is fraught with complexities. Among the issues to be argued by several Am Law firms during the six-week trial, which begins Tuesday, is whether securities holders insured by Syncora Guarantee Inc. are getting their fair share.

The Churn: Kirkland IP Duo Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Two more IP litigation partners leave Kirkland & Ellis, a Bingham McCutchen corporate partner goes in-house, Jones Day scores a Latin American dealmaker and Ropes & Gray grabs a high-profile private equity partner in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Associate Morale Is High, But So Is Angst

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : August 29, 2014

The results of the 2014 Associates Survey expose high anxiety over workplace demands and partnership prospects.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards honor the 10 cross-border deals and disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.

Dealmakers of the Week: Kirkland & Ellis' Sorabella and Feirstein

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : August 28, 2014

As lead advisers for Burger King on its $11.4 billion tie-up with Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons, William Sorabella and David Feirstein helped oversee one of the most visible corporate tax inversions yet.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : August 28, 2014

Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Canadian chain Tim Hortons Inc. have agreed to an $11.4 billion tie-up that would send the combined company's headquarters north in what may be the most visible corporate tax inversion yet. Also, Roche Holding announced Monday its $8.3 billion acquisition of InterMune, a suburban San Francisco-based company lung disease drug developer.

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 28, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 28, 2014

*Kirkland & Ellis advises Orchid Asia on $920 million China fund*HSF, KWM lead AGL's $1.1 billion rights issue for MacGen acquisition*Simpson Thacher, Gunderson Dettmer on Murata's $465 million acquisition of chipmaker Peregrine

Twenty-Five Things Your Associates Want You to Know

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

The one thing that midlevels want to tell their managing partner.

Global Legal Awards: Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects conceived on a vast scale.

2014 Associate Survey: Bay Area Report

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : August 27, 2014

What associates are saying about the best—and worst—workplaces in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

Reynolds American/Lorillard; General Electric/Alstom; Salix/Cosmo Technologies; Nook Spinoff

Kirkland & Ellis on Orchid Asia $920 Million Fund

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 26, 2014

The Chinese private equity firm closed its sixth fund to invest in high-growth Chinese companies.

Burger King, Tim Hortons Feed on Inversion Frenzy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : August 26, 2014

The two fast-food chains have agreed to an $11.4 billion tie-up that would send the combined company's headquarters up to Canada in the latest controversial tax inversion. Advising on the deal are Kirkland & Ellis, Paul Weiss, Wachtell and Munger Tolles, along with Canadian firms Davies Ward and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.

Steady Work in Chicago — At Least for the Lawyers

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Kirkland Scores for BP in Long-Running Pollution Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : August 25, 2014

BP plc and its lawyers Kirkland & Ellis have likely finished off a long-running class action alleging that the oil company should cover cleanup costs from a shuttered oil refinery in southeast Kansas.

The Churn: Simpson Thacher Raids Weil in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 22, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges debt capital markets partner Gil Strauss has decamped for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London; Bank of America adds an Akin Gump partner; a Debevoise & Plimpton partner joins the U.S. State Department; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

MFormation Won't See Dime of $147 Million Jury Award

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 22, 2014

A Federal Circuit panel led by Chief Judge Sharon Prost said the district judge was right to wipe out a verdict against Research in Motion.

RIM Won't Have To Pay $147M Jury Award

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 22, 2014

A Federal Circuit panel upheld the elimination of a verdict against Research in Motion won by former business partner mFormation.

Lawyer Begs Court's Mercy for Costly Missed Deadline

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 22, 2014

Paul Weiss partner Kenneth Gallo asked the judge presiding over a large price-fixing MDL to blame him, but not penalize his client, Sharp Electronics.

For Paul Weiss Client, Time Runs Out to Opt Out

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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.