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- Designation: Chicago
- Head Count: 1,619
- Gross Revenues: $2,305,000,000
- Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,425,000
- Profits Per Partner: $3,605,000
- Year Over Year Change: 0
Kirkland & Ellis is a Chicago-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Kirkland & Ellis has 1619 attorneys and is the 13th largest firm in the United States. With $2,305,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 5th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking. On the 2015 Global 100 survey, Kirkland & Ellis ranked as the 5th highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm has offices in CA, DC, IL, NY and TX.
In the News
Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 07, 2016
Those controversial deal tables are out again, with White & Case, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk & Wardwell all jockeying for position as the quarterly so-called King of M&A.
Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : July 05, 2016
Could a merger be next for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft?
Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : July 01, 2016
The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.
: The American Lawyer : July 01, 2016
Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 30, 2016
A look at the Am Law 100 firms behind Lions Gate's bid to buy Starz; Apollo's latest acquisition effort; and a pair of big health care transactions.
Roy Strom : The Am Law Daily : June 28, 2016
After the the efforts of attorney Thomas Geoghegan, Chicago sci-fi fans hoping to pore over "Star Wars" memorabilia may have to travel to a city far, far away.
Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016
Both firms have launched intensive pro bono efforts to represent women and children from Central America who face deportation.
Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016
Some 4,000 lawyers and 70 big firms helped in this effort to commute the sentences of low-level drug offenders who've served significant prison time. But relatively few inmates have been released.
Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016
While Friday's Brexit vote has likely cast a potential shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union.
: The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016
New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.
Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 23, 2016
Cisco GC Mark Chandler trumpeted the ruing, while Arista Networks said it's already working on design-arounds.
Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 22, 2016
A former Jones Day business development and communications manager filed a complaint against the firm for gender, age and pregnancy discrimination.
Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 21, 2016
Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.
Rose Walker : Legal Week : June 20, 2016
The Magic Circle firm joins the ongoing U.S. associate pay war, announcing pay rise for first-year U.S. associates to $180,000
Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : June 20, 2016
Attorneys for General Motors and plaintiffs battled it out before a federal judge Friday over a claim that GM and outside counsel King & Spalding engaged in a racketeering enterprise by covering up long-known defects with ignition switches.
Anna Zhang and Frances Ivens : The Asian Lawyer : June 20, 2016
While Global firms race to match Cravath's new associate salary scale in New York and the rest of the U.S., they are more cautious when it comes to increasing salaries in Asia.
Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2016
From industrial chemicals to traffic cones, one of the last weeks of spring provided a plethora of transactional opportunities for dozens of Am Law 100 firms.
Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 14, 2016
Milbank, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher, Paul Weiss, Weil and Davis Polk have confirmed associates pay increase will include those based in Asia.
Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016
It's been nearly two years since the Legal Services Corporation first turned to the nation's largest law firms for financial support. So far just 19 firms have pledged to help.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016
Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 11, 2016
Who is IP litigation boutique Desmarais and why are they a new leader in the associate salary wars; Dating tips from the SEC; Gawker goes bust; a hot argument before the Third Circuit
Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : June 09, 2016
How best to describe the month of June at the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices—and their clerks—race toward the finish line? "Chaotic and thrilling," Mayer Brown's Brian Netter, who clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer in the October 2010 term, said. At least for the law clerks.
Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 09, 2016
The $1.65 billion sale of New York's 1285 Sixth Avenue saw more than 50 partners from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison—a key tenant in the office tower—invest roughly $10 million in the transaction.
: New York Law Journal : June 07, 2016
Daniel Lavon-Krein has brought in more clients than any other private funds partner since joining Kirkland & Ellis in 2011. His global practice reflects his background, language skills and cultural experiences of someone who was born and raised in Europe and is fluent in German and French.
: New York Law Journal : June 07, 2016
Srinivas Kaushik structures and leads domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions for Kirkland & Ellis. As a senior partner in the firm's India practice, Sri also represents clients in acquisition/buyout and investment transactions in Indian companies.
MP McQueen and Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2016
At least four large New York firms have moved quickly to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And some consultants say more big firms will follow suit.
: New York Law Journal : June 07, 2016
In the last year, Atif Khawaja, a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, led the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater, in a suit against ex-employees who left to launch a competing fund.
Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : June 07, 2016
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday blocked a lender's bid to dismiss Intervention Energy Holdings' Chapter 11 case, declining to enforce a contractual provision that would have effectively extinguished its ability to file for bankruptcy protection.
: The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016
We recognize 15 law firms that set the bar in intellectual property law in 2015, scoring big wins for clients.
Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016
When it comes to patent litigation, Kirkland & Ellis plays a full court press.