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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, CO, DC, IL 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

PwC, Citco Must Face Madoff Feeder Fund Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : March 04, 2015

Thought major investor class action litigation sparked by the Bernie Madoff affair was over? Think again.

Third Circuit Weighs Novel Cybersecurity Case

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : March 04, 2015

Five years ago, Russian hackers broke into the Wyndham Hotels computer network and stole the credit card information for thousands of customers, a security breach that has now put the novel question of whether the Federal Trade Commission can sue a company for failing to properly secure its data in front of the Third Circuit.

Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

: The Asian Lawyer : March 04, 2015

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its second annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms. As promised, here's the list of lucky winners.

California Supreme Court Takes Up 'Pay for Delay' Settlements

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : March 03, 2015

Justice Goodwin Liu asked whether generic versions of Cipro would have been available earlier but for a $400 million deal between drugmakers.

Intellectual Ventures Must Face Antitrust Claims in Banking Patent Fight

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 03, 2015

Fanning the flames of a patent dispute between patent licensing giant Intellectual Ventures and Capital One, a judge ruled that the bank's lawyers can pursue claims that IV abused its patent portfolio to "hold up" the banking sector.

Parties in Pharmaceutical Case Squabble Over Brief

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : March 03, 2015

A dispute has broken out between parties in a pharmaceutical case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, with one side accusing the other of filing an amicus curiae brief that violates court rules.

A Torrent of Partner Additions Thanks to Economy

Julie Kay with research by Chris Futrell : Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

Numbers are up for new partners in South Florida in 2014, both for promotions and laterals. Credit for the rosy trend goes to a hot legal market, particular in real estate and corporate work.

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 01, 2015

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

March Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : March 01, 2015

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Willkie Farr Achieves Personal Best in 2014

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : February 27, 2015

M&A and private equity work helped Willkie Farr & Gallagher's partner profits rise 14.5 percent to $2.56 million last year. Gross revenue also increased 14.5 percent, to $640 million, while revenue per lawyer jumped 8.5 percent, to $1.155 million. All three totals marked record highs for the firm.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 26, 2015

Pryor Cashman has elected litigation partner David Rose to a three-year term on its executive committee, Michael Spencer and Brian Kerr have opened Spencer Kerr, along with other announcements.

Surge in Sports Megadeals a Boon to Proskauer, Others

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Sports law may be a niche, but with today's deals worth billions of dollars, it's March Madness out there.

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

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

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.'s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion. Latham & Watkins advised on the most number of deals, with four, while Sullivan & Cromwell led the way in terms of transaction value.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 26, 2015

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

Federal Court OKs Pre-Bankruptcy Tender Offer, Settlement

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : February 25, 2015

A federal judge has upheld a pre-bankruptcy settlement involving $4 billion in first lien notes, rejecting the trustee's arguments that the settlement treated those within the same creditor class differently and that tender offers should not be used in the bankruptcy context.

Ropes & Gray Ramps Up in Data Security, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A data privacy expert joins Ropes & Gray on the West Coast; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Mayer Brown; Epstein Becker & Green's 15-lawyer raid lands it an office in Princeton; Cleary Gottlieb hires a former Sullivan & Cromwell tax partner and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bucking Trend, Federal Circuit Reverses 'Exceptional Case' Award

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 24, 2015

Litigation positions taken by Dorsey & Whitney on behalf of an NPE client had been objectively reasonable at the time, wrote Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

Lateral moves at D.C. firms.


: The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

A Plan Emerges For GM Test Cases

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

Since announcing its recalls, GM has made strategic moves to avoid a trial over the ignition-switch lawsuits. But about 950 people are taking their chances in court.

Riverbed Turns to Wilson Sonsini in Shareholder Suits

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : February 19, 2015

Plaintiffs firms have filed at least eight complaints over the company's $3.6 billion sale to Thoma Bravo.

Kirkland Bankruptcy Bigwig Retires, but Big Assignments (and Fees) Abound

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 19, 2015

Richard Cieri, a longtime leader of Kirkland & Ellis' vaunted corporate restructuring group who joined the firm a decade ago this month, is retiring on a high note. Cieri's departure comes at a time when Kirkland's bankruptcy practice is booming, with recent filings in the Chapter 11 cases of Caesars Entertainment and Energy Future Holdings showing at least $40 million flowing into the firm's coffers.

Appellate Wordsmiths Target Proposed Word-Length Cuts

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : February 19, 2015

A federal rule proposal to reduce the word limit for main appellate briefs prepared on a computer from 14,000 words to 12,500 words has triggered a wealth of opinions. Mostly negative.

GM Reaches Beyond Inner Circles for New GC

: Corporate Counsel : February 19, 2015

For decades General Motors Co. has chosen insiders to lead its legal department. But the automaker has hired auto industry outsider Craig Glidden to replace beleaguered general counsel Michael Millikin.

Firm Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 17, 2015

Big firms take on more partners from Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer; Dentons heads to Northern Virginia; King & Spalding snags a rival's IP litigation co-head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Startups Occupy CodeX Pavilion at Legaltech

Jesse Londin : Law Technology News : February 17, 2015

Legaltech New York showcased new companies that may soon add to the disruption in legal services.

In-House Counsel Profile: Kaplan Inc.'s Janice Levy Block

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

"Any time you have the opportunity to work with and get to know your regulators, it's good for all of us."

Litigator of the Week: Amy Caton of Kramer Levin

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 12, 2015

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel's Amy Caton is no stranger to litigating high-profile bankruptcy matters. But few cases require overturning a law to serve your client's interests.

NJ Firms, So Far, Short of National and Global Growth Rates

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : February 12, 2015

An early look at 2014 firm financials suggests that large New Jersey-based firms are lagging well behind average revenue and profit growth rates from a recent survey of national and global firms.

Conviction Tossed After Jacket Found Not 'Grabbable'

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : February 11, 2015

A majority of the First Department, in an opinion by Justice Rosalyn Richter suppressing evidence from a search of defendant's jacket, said that with the defendant "handcuffed inside a police car, the jacket ... outside lying on the vehicle's trunk," no exigent circumstance existed justifying the search.