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- 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.
In the News
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 28, 2015
Having recently taken on tax-related engagements for Yahoo and Darden Restaurants, lawyers from Skadden handle Pfizer's controversial $152 billion union with Allergan, while four other firms land a role on the $4.6 billion sale of Petco Holdings.
Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 23, 2015
In a first-of-its-kind deal, a team of Pillsbury lawyers helped a Virginia conservation group get into the coal mining business.
Vivia Chen : The Careerist : November 23, 2015
Women partners push back against a new study's findings.
Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : November 22, 2015
Chief technology officers say that they're trying to anticipate threats to IT systems and sensitive data and eliminate them faster and more effectively than before.
: New Jersey Law Journal : November 20, 2015
Rights Intact. Whale of a Tale. Stop Calling.
: Corporate Counsel : November 19, 2015
What's it like to start work at a national icon? We talked to the famed soup maker's new top lawyer to find out.
Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 19, 2015
Firms cheer the release of Human Rights Campaign's annual corporate equality index on policies for LGBT employees, LegalZoom expands into North Carolina, and Texas executes a death row inmate. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015
New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.
: Daily Business Review : November 17, 2015
Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015
Kirkland & Ellis' appellate practice provides a home base to about 20 of the firm's lawyers, but the boundaries between appellate and trial work are porous.
: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015
The 20 firms on these pages represent appellate advocacy at its strongest.
Mike Sacks : Legal Times : November 16, 2015
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has selected the Ways and Means Committee's top lawyer to become general counsel of the speaker's office. Mark Epley has spent the last 3 1/2 years as general counsel and oversight staff director at Ways and Means. Epley's legal career included stints at the U.S. Justice Department and as an associate at Hunton & Williams.
David Bario and Jake Pearson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015
Court papers filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday show FanDuel and DraftKings are both seeking a judge's ruling on the legality of their business after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent the companies cease-and-desist letters Tuesday, charging the games were in violation of state gambling laws.
Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 15, 2015
An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : November 13, 2015
The Women's Bar Association of the State of New York has given its highest rating to four of the finalists for the state's next chief judge: Janet DiFiore, A. Gail Prudenti, Rowan Wilson and Stephen Younger.
Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : November 12, 2015
The New York State Bar Association, which was among several bar groups that weighed in, said that all seven candidates nominated to become New York's next chief judge are qualified for the job, though it found three candidates stood out.
David Bario : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2015
With help from Boies Schiller's David Boies, Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro and others, DraftKings and FanDuel are girding for battle with New York's attorney general and a growing roster of opponents.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2015
Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.
Scott Graham : The Recorder : November 11, 2015
The company managed a stunning reversal of fortunes in its copyright battle with Google.
Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 10, 2015
Suit claims one woman was bombarded with robo-texts inviting her to join the network.
Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : November 09, 2015
All seven candidates the Commission on Judicial Nomination recommended for the post of chief judge,which will soon be vacated, were rated as "well qualified" by the New York City Bar Association.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2015
Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : November 06, 2015
Some law professors and deans are rising to the defense of the wrong cause.
Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 05, 2015
The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.
Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : November 03, 2015
In its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, Houston-based Sabine Oil and Gas Corporation was recently presented with large professional bills from Kirkland & Ellis and Porter and Hedges attorneys and the financial advisory firm of Zolfo Cooper Management.
Ginny LaRoe : The National Law Journal : November 02, 2015
For Anne McClain Sidrys, it was a "pinch-me" moment: The trial team was gelling, the client was great and the judge so inspiring that Sidrys considered taking her young daughter to court. And then came the judgment entirely in favor of her client, IBM Corp.
: The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015
Susan Beck and Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015
As the automaker chokes on its emissions scandal, there will be no short of litigation.
Jennifer Henderson and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : November 02, 2015
Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.
Scott Flaherty and Gina Passarella : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015
United States v. General Motors; Federal Trade Commission v. Steris; In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation; EM v. Banco Central De La Republica Argentina; Gomez v. Tyson Foods; Acosta v. Tyson Foods