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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,576
  • Gross Revenues: $2,150,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,365,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,510,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Kirkland & Ellis is a Chicago-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Kirkland & Ellis has 1576 attorneys and is the 15th largest firm in the United States.  With $2,150,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 5th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 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

Del. Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of GM Derivative Suit

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : February 12, 2016

Just one day after hearing oral arguments, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a shareholders' derivative suit against General Motors directors.

The Dirty Little Secret of Law Firm Billing

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : February 12, 2016

As the media reports soaring hourly billing rates, they're missing the real story.

Trevor Wommack Joins Vinson & Elkins Houston Office as Partner; Plus Other 'On The Move' News

: Texas Lawyer : February 12, 2016

Trevor Wommack has joined the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm's finance practice group. He focuses his practice on syndicated lending in the energy sector.

Deal Watch: Mylan Moves on to Meda With Cravath in Tow

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 11, 2016

A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.

Del. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in GM Appeal

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : February 10, 2016

An attorney for General Motors directors pushed back against shareholders' assertions that the board acted in bad faith by failing to implement systems that would have alerted it sooner to safety problems associated with faulty ignition switches, accusing the shareholders of misrepresenting the board's actions.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 10, 2016

Dechert, Cadwalader, Phillips Nizer and Hughes Hubbard & Reed each announce a new addition.

'Making a Murderer' Creator Had Past Life at Quinn Emanuel

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 10, 2016

One of the producers of the popular Netflix series worked as a contract attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan while making the documentary.

Terra Energy Spends $910M for Acquisition of WPX Energy's Subsidiary

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 10, 2016

Terra Energy Partners, the Houston-based independent oil and natural gas company, is to acquire WPX Energy Rocky Mountain, WPX Energy's subsidiary, for $910 million in cash.

Senate Confirms Garcia to Court of Appeals

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : February 09, 2016

Michael Garcia was confirmed to the Court of Appeals Monday by the New York state Senate in a unanimous voice vote, becoming the first Hispanic man to sit on the state's highest court.

Revenue Up 11 Percent at Fenwick

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 09, 2016

Busy tech sector delivered healthy gains in revenue per lawyer, profits per partner as the firm, headed by Richard Dickson, crossed the 300-lawyer mark.

Bingham Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 09, 2016

A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers: Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : February 08, 2016

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

Greenberg Traurig Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 07, 2016

Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Apple Inc. Seeks Mistrial After $625M Jury Verdict

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : February 05, 2016

Brad Caldwell, a principal in Dallas' Caldwell, Cassady & Curry, represents the plaintiff VirnetX, which filed against the iPhone maker. He has no illusions that the verdict, one of the largest an East Texas federal jury ever issued, will end the lengthy litigation saga between the two companies.

What's Behind Linklaters' Partner Exits in Asia?

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : February 05, 2016

Linklaters' Hong Kong private equity partner, Christopher Kelly, is joining White & Case—the latest in a string of partners to leave the firm for rivals in Asia.

Hearing Set on Nomination of Garcia to High Court

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : February 04, 2016

The state Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Michael Garcia's nomination to the Court of Appeals on Monday.

Ex-NCL Exec, Virgin Settle Suit Over Cruise Plans

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : February 04, 2016

The former CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line agrees to settle a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Virgin Group.

Litigator of the Week: Bradley Caldwell of Caldwell Cassady & Curry

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : February 04, 2016

The software patent gravy train is still chugging for VirnetX and its lawyers, who won a $625.6 million infringement verdict against Apple this week.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 04, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: McDermott Sees Modest Revenue Decline

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2016

After four years of rising revenue, McDermott Will & Emery saw its gross revenue slip in 2015, while profits rose 3.3 percent for the firm's somewhat diminished equity partnership.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2016

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Paul Weiss Partner Profits Top $4 Million

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

For the 20th year straight, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison posted higher profits amid an abundance of billion-dollar lawsuits and multibillion-dollar deals.

Quinn Emanuel Touts D.C. Hire as Another Practice Chief Leaves DLA Piper

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

Washington litigator Tara Lee is the fourth DLA Piper practice leader to decamp for another firm in less than a week.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

King & Spalding Breaks $1B in Revenue in 2015

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 03, 2016

King & Spalding broke the billon-dollar mark in revenue last year—the first Atlanta-based firm to do so—reporting revenue of $1.02 billion, a 9 percent increase over 2014.

Plaintiffs Lawyers in GM Bellwether Fire Back at Criticisms

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : February 02, 2016

Plaintiffs lawyers leading hundreds of lawsuits over General Motors Co.'s ignition-switch defect on Monday defended their management of the multidistrict litigation, which came under attack after the first bellwether trial imploded abruptly last month amid revelations of apparent fraud and perjury.

Shareholders Barred From Viewing Records in Inversion Case

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : February 02, 2016

The Delaware Supreme Court upheld a 2015 Court of Chancery ruling that prevented AbbVie stockholders from investigating an aborted merger that cost the pharmaceutical company more than $1.6 billion, because its directors were insulated from liability.

Cisco Cheers ITC Ruling Against Arista

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 02, 2016

In a company blog post, Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler said infringement finding marks "the beginning of the end for Arista's systemic copying."

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016