Kirkland & Ellis Law Firm Profile

More Profiles:
Choose A Law Firm

on Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • - Financial Information
  • - Compensation
  • - Billing Rates
  • - Lateral Partner Moves
  • - Pro bono
  • - Key Contacts

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 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

Orrick Hires Veteran IP Partner in Beijing

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 04, 2015

Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Ya-Chiao Chang specializes in U.S. patent litigation.

ABA Delegates Endorse Transparency in Law School Loans

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : August 04, 2015

The American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging law schools to better inform students about their educational loans and how to repay that debt.

At Swimming Championship, Am Law 100 Ties Abound

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 04, 2015

For high-powered lawyers, it's usually sink or swim. But with the 2015 World Aquatics Championships underway in Kazan, Russia, two U.S. swimmers with Am Law 100 connections are showing how some legal pros take the phrase a bit more literally than others.

Mylan, Kirkland Ready to End M&A Conflicts Fight

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : August 04, 2015

After dodging a $40 billion hostile takeover bid by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and forcing Teva to dump its former transactional lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis, it looks like Mylan NV is finally satisfied.

Law Departments vs. Law Firms: What Innovation Really Looks Like

by Erin E. Harrison : Legaltech News : August 03, 2015

In-house and law firm legal operations turn to technology to succeed, but do their plans for innovation look the same?

Deposition Battle Heats Up Over GM's Valukas Report

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : August 03, 2015

General Motors Co. and plaintiffs lawyers are fighting over the scope of the upcoming deposition of the lawyer whose report on the company's ignition-switch defect blamed a handful of employees for the fiasco.

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mergers Shake Up List of Largest D.C. Law Offices

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : August 03, 2015

Covington & Burling, at the top of The National Law Journal's list of Wash­ington's largest firms for the second consecutive year, added about 15 total lawyers last year in a time when elite firms, especially ones that focus on litigation, find the most ability to expand in Washington.

Weil's IP Practice Proved to Be a Talent Hothouse

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

Sonal Mehta is the latest to leave a legendary litigation practice that at its peak counted 120 lawyers nationwide.

Dealmaker of the Week: Joseph Frumkin of Sullivan & Cromwell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 31, 2015

The managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell's M&A group stepped in for Kirkland & Ellis on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' hostile bid for Mylan and subsequently picked up work on the Israeli drugmaker's $40.5 billion buy of Allergan's generics business.

Two Suits Entwine Teva-Allergan-Mylan Pharma M&A Nexus

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : July 29, 2015

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical announced its $40.5 billion buy of Allergan's generics business this week, a move that saw the acquirer drop its hostile bid for Mylan NV, which it had pursued since April. While that cooled off a heated takeover battle, Mylan remains embroiled in a pair of suits, including a putative shareholder class action and another case against Teva's ex-corporate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

ABA Tackles Law School Debt

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : July 29, 2015

Law schools don't prepare graduates for the financial realities they'll face when their student loans come due, an American Bar Association task force has concluded after a year spent examining legal education costs. Next week, the House of Delegates will take up a proposal to fix that.

Kirkland on China Railway Signal's $1.8B IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 28, 2015

The traffic-control systems designer will list next month four years after its first attempt at going public was postponed because of a deadly train rash in eastern China that killed 40 people.

'Best Firms' Report Shows Top 50 Shops for Women

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : July 28, 2015

A select group of Am Law 200 firms are among those touted by Working Mother magazine and consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers for their annual look at the 50 best firms for women, based on metrics like family-friendly policies and percentage of female partners.

To Nail Your Closing Argument, Follow This Kirkland Partner's Guide

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : July 28, 2015

It's hard enough to make a riveting closing argument in, say, a murder trial, but to do it in a patent case takes a special kind of finesse. In a recent win before a Chicago federal jury on Samsung Electronics Co.'s behalf, Kirkland & Ellis partner Luke Dauchot managed to make patent infringement (dare we say it?) interesting.

Introducing the 2015 A-List

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

Paul Hastings keeps its top spot in The American Lawyer's latest survey of the best of the best in Big Law.

Big Suits

David Bario, Susan Beck, Scott Flaherty, Marissa Kendall and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

U.S. v. Rainey; Davies v. Broadcom; In the matter of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts; ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products; Cook v. Rockwell; Capitol Records v. Sirius XM; Gold v. Anthem

In Supreme Court Advocacy, Big Law Still Rules

David L. Brown : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

Am Law 200 firms get the lion's share of oral argument, an analysis finds.

The A-Team

Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

The overall scores in our yearly A-List survey keep rising. But even among A-Listers, there's room to improve.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

A-List 2015 Winners: Behind the Scores

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

Who's Up, who's down, and how so many of the same A-List winners keep managing to come back for more.

In China's Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, Big Law Says Little

American Lawyer staff reporting : The Asian Lawyer : July 24, 2015

Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms active in China appear reluctant to join the bar associations around the world that have expressed support for the lawyers detained by the Chinese government in July.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Circle Pair of $48 Billion Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

Anthem's $48 billion takeover bid for Cigna and AT&T's successful $48 billion acquisition of DirecTV provided work for dozens of lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

The contest attracted 225 strong entries across 30 categories, and honors firms and legal departments involved in the globe's most distinguished deals, disputes and social initiatives.

Shareholder Derivative Suit Over AbbVie Spinoff Axed

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : July 22, 2015

AbbVie shareholders cannot bring a derivative suit against individual directors for the transfer of liabilities when AbbVie was spun off by Abbott Laboratories, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Orbitz Shareholder Can't Prove Demand Futility in Travelport Suit

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Delaware Business Court Insider : July 22, 2015

Board directors for travel company Orbitz did not breach their fiduciary duties when they approved a services agreement in which the corporation promised to pay a shortfall to entities affiliated with its controlling shareholder if it does not process a guaranteed minimum of air, car and hotel reservations through the controlling shareholder, Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard has ruled.

Who's Winning Pay-for-Delay Suits Against Drugmakers?

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : July 21, 2015

Huge potential damages make these suits a tempting new target for plaintiffs lawyers. But they shouldn't expect easy victories.

Weil, Not Kirkland, Checks In for A&P's Chapter 22

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 20, 2015

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has tapped Weil, Gotshal & Manges restructuring partner Ray Schrock—one of The American Lawyer's Star Lateral hires of 2014—to handle its second bankruptcy case in five years.


: The National Law Journal : July 20, 2015

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

An Antitrust Litigation 'Explosion'

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : July 20, 2015

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in erected a roadblock against pharmaceutical companies paying competitors to delay bringing generics to market, appeals courts are extending the ruling beyond cash deals.