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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

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.

2015 Dealmakers of the Year

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Our Dealmakers of the Year package is no rote examination of the 2014's biggest transactions. Instead, we spotlight creative thinking, novel approaches and innovative work. Here we present 20 transactions—some big, some small—where effective lawyering truly made the difference.

Big Suits

David Bario, Rebekah Mintzer, and Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Moncrief Oil International v. Gazprom; Chesapeake Energy v. American Energy Partners; Beyond Systems v. Kraft; Franklin California Tax Free Trust v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Linda Myers of Kirkland & Ellis

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Myers guided Energy Future Holdings Corp. through its Chapter 11 filing with more than $45 billion in liabilities, the year's largest corporate bankruptcy and the eighth-largest ever.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

The Take-No-Prisoners Battle Over Allergan

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : March 30, 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 Taps New Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 29, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis loses two and hires one from Skadden; Wilmer expands in Denver; Winston & Strawn hires two more from Pillsbury and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Scott Barshay of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 27, 2015

Barshay, a corporate partner at Cravath, led a team from the firm advising H.J. Heinz on its proposed megamerger with Kraft Foods Group.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 26, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

Heinz-Kraft Deal Bottles Legal Work for Dozens

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 26, 2015

Two of the country's largest food companies have agreed to merge in a deal put into place with the help of dozens of lawyers across four law firms.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland's Performance Accelerates in 2014

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 25, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis picked up momentum in 2014, with revenue increasing 6.6 percent, to $2.15 billion, and profits per partner lifting 7 percent, to $3.51 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer increased 5.4 percent, to $1.365 million, while net income rose 8 percent, to $1.182 billion.

The Bankruptcy Files: Oil Slide a Boon to Some Big Firms

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

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Bracewell & Giuliani, Haynes and Boone, Kirkland & Ellis and Vinson & Elkins are some of the Am Law 200 firms that have snagged leading bankruptcy and restructuring roles in the struggling U.S. oil and gas sector.

Recognitions

: New York Law Journal : March 24, 2015

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Barry Berke of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as his designee to the Lincoln Center board of directors while Gary Naftalis will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary, among other honors.

Am Law 100 Pair Keep Poaching, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2015

King & Spalding and Winston & Strawn continue their recent hiring sprees; Latham & Watkins lands one partner and lose two others; a longtime Reed Smith partner departs; Stroock snags a Goldman Sachs alum from Kirkland & Ellis; Wilmer brings back another former federal regulator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Testy Litigants in Vacuum Dustup

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

Two leading manufacturers of vacuum cleaners named Animal and Shark are battling it out in court over whose product sucks more.

Another Consumer Class Action Battle Heads to Supreme Court

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 23, 2015

Four years after holding that federal law trumps California's ability to block class action waivers, the U.S. Supreme Court plunged back into the consumer arbitration debate on Monday in a case involving the satellite television provider DirecTV Inc.

Antitrust Headaches Mount for Intellectual Ventures

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 23, 2015

Less than a month after losing a bid to derail antitrust allegations by Capital One, Intellectual Ventures failed to persuade a different judge to shelve Toshiba's claims that IV improperly uses its vast patent portfolio to wield monopoly power.

Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advise several private equity clients on their proposed acquisitions of Chicago's Willis Tower and Life Time Fitness.

Jones Day Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : March 18, 2015

Scott Peterman makes the jump from Sidley Austin.

Mayer Brown Lands NSA Legal Chief in Push for More Recognition

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 18, 2015

One way to compete in the Washington legal industry is to announce your practice with a significant hire. This week, the trumpet blast was for Rajesh De, the former NSA general counsel who is returning to Mayer Brown.

Litigants Get Testy in Vacuum-Cleaner Dustup

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : March 17, 2015

Two leading manufacturers of vacuum cleaners named Animal and Shark are battling it out in court over whose product sucks more.

MoFo, Wilson Sonsini on Chinese Investors' $640M Take-Private Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 16, 2015

Shanghai-based Summitview Capital is leading a Chinese consortium to buy U.S. chipmaker Integrated Silicon Solutions Inc. and delisted it from the Nasdaq.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Partner Profits Soar at Winston & Strawn

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 16, 2015

After seeing gross revenue and profits per partner sink in 2013, Winston & Strawn enjoyed a rebound year in 2014, as the firm posted big gains in several key financial metrics. While the firm's equity partnership decreased for a seventh straight year, Winston & Strawn recently added a dozen partners to its ranks following a raid on Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart because of conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

UBS Is Latest to Settle Foreign Exchange Rigging Suit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 15, 2015

Lawyers at Hausfeld LLP and Scott & Scott announced the $135 million settlement on Friday. Ten other major banks remain in the plaintiffs' sights for allegedly manipulating the $5 trillion-a-day forex market.

Abbott Says GSK Sabotaged Its Own $1.7B Suit Over HIV Drug

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 14, 2015

Now that GlaxoSmithKline has abandoned an antitrust claim at the heart of its licensing battle with Abbott Labs over the drug Norvir, Abbott's lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis are looking to put the rest of the case to bed before a scheduled trial.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Fried Frank's Rebound Continues

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 13, 2015

Having just completed his first year as chairman of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, David Greenwald is happy with his firm's "realignment." Fried Frank, which in January announced plans to shutter its offices in Asia, saw gross revenue remain flat in 2014, although profits per partner and revenue per lawyer both hit the highest marks in the firm's history.

Indiana Pays $650K in Legal Fees to Marriage-Law Challengers

Zoe Tillman and Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : March 13, 2015

Indiana has agreed to pay $650,000 in legal fees to the lawyers who successfully challenged the state's same-sex marriage ban. State officials negotiated an award of $325,000 to Kirkland & Ellis and $325,000 to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Despite 'Egregious' Errors, FDA Can Take Back Generic Nexium Approval

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : March 12, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration committed "egregious errors" when it tentatively approved two generic drug applications, but the agency has the power to fix its mistakes by revoking the approvals, a Washington federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.