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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 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 $2,150,000,000 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

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

Big Deals

Tali Arbel : The Associated Press : May 28, 2015

As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, and executives say they're confident regulators will allow the creation of another U.S. TV and Internet giant.

A Few Good Women

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

The number of female equity partners at Am Law 200 firms has been stagnant for a decade. Is it time for quotas?

Legaltech News Announces Innovation Awards Finalists

Erin E. Harrison : Legaltech News : May 27, 2015

The winners will be recognized at a special event on July 14 at Legaltech West in San Francisco.

Third Circuit OKs Bankruptcy Accords That Skip Creditor Groups

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : May 27, 2015

A divided Third Circuit has approved the use of structured dismissals of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases that include settlements that deviate from the Bankruptcy Code's priority system of payouts.

Quinn Emanuel to Launch First Mainland China Office

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 26, 2015

A Shanghai office is expected to open this fall, and the firm has poached Kirkland & Ellis Asia investigations head Samuel Williamson to lead it.

Quinn Emanuel Heads to Shanghai, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 26, 2015

Litigation giant Quinn Emanuel opens its first office in mainland China; Steptoe & Johnson snags four in Silicon Valley; Dentons follows up on its Newt Gingrich hire with several new additions; and other hires from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : May 25, 2015

New arrivals and laterals in this week's column.

So Long (For Now), Benjamin Lawsky

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : May 23, 2015

After wresting billions from Wall Street, the departing New York regulator is steering clear of the big law firms that cater to the banking industry. But whether he remains in private practice or shoots for public office, it's a good bet we'll all be hearing from him again.

Reed Smith to Open in Frankfurt

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 22, 2015

Reed Smith is set to open an office in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 1 with the addition of seven lawyers from four different firms. The new location, which will focus heavily on the financial services industry, will be managed from the firm's 10-year-old Munich office.

Big Deals

: New York Law Journal : May 21, 2015

The Ascena Retail Group is buying the owner of Ann Taylor and Loft in a deal valued at about $2.16 billion. Washington, D.C.-based Danaher plans to purchase Port Washington, New York-based filtration specialist Pall for $13.6 billion.

Kirkland Blasts 'Preposterous' Mylan Conflicts Claims Ahead of Hearing

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 21, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis came out swinging this week against a lawsuit alleging that it ignored a conflict of interest by advising Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in an ongoing $42 billion bid for rival drugmaker Mylan N.V.

Am Law 100 Firms Looking Out for Military Employees

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 21, 2015

With Memorial Day approaching, The Am Law Daily highlights the work of several firms doing good deeds for their military veteran and reserve workers.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law 100 Firms Prescribed Work on CVS-Omnicare Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 21, 2015

Firms Prescribed Work on $12.7 Billion CVS, Omnicare Deal

Mining Bankruptcies Yield Roles for Davis Polk, Kirkland

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

Less than two years after Davis Polk & Wardwell helped Patriot Coal emerge from bankruptcy, a global commodities slump has forced the U.S. mining giant back into Chapter 11 in Virginia. With struggling energy and natural resource companies being potentially lucrative clients in a down market for corporate bankruptcy work, two other firms swooped in to pick up Patriot Coal's “Chapter 22” case, but Davis Polk still took the lead on another major mining bankruptcy.

On the Move

: The Recorder : May 18, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

BP Injury Settlement Upheld, But Worker Must Answer Fraud Claims

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : May 18, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to invalidate a nearly $2.7 million settlement that BP PLC reached with a member of a boat crew who went to court to enforce the award after he never got paid. However, in its ruling on Friday, the panel determined that claimant Elton Johnson will need to provide evidence to a lower court that he didn't exaggerate injuries sustained in the 2010 blast that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Nature of Bankruptcy Work Changing Amid Filing Declines

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : May 18, 2015

Bankruptcy counseling—referred to by one attorney as "an industry in consolidation"—has always been a cyclical business, but the steady, years-long decline in new cases has required lawyers to rethink their practices to some extent.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 15, 2015

Announcements from Troutman Sanders, King & Spalding, Vedder Price, Kaye Scholer, Venable and Farrell Fritz.

FTC Sued Over Refusal to Disclose Data Security Policies

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : May 14, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission this week was sued for refusing to turn over information about how the agency decides to bring data security cases. The Freedom of Information Act suit comes as the FTC defends its role as data security cop in two ongoing cases.

Another Las Vegas Mainstay Sees Defections Amid Changing Landscape

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 14, 2015

More than 12 key attorneys are leaving the Las Vegas shop Gordon Silver this week to form their own firm. The departures come just five months after another Nevada mainstay, Lionel Sawyer & Collins, closed its doors amid partner defections.

Sidley Austin Snags Simpson Thacher's LA Leader

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 14, 2015

Daniel Clivner, managing partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Los Angeles office, is poised to leave the firm to open a Century City office for Sidley Austin as the latter prepares to celebrate its 35th anniversary in the city. Clivner, 51, will serve as co-head of Sidley's Los Angeles outposts.

Wireless Companies to Pay $158M for Illegal Charges

Jenna Greene : New York Law Journal : May 14, 2015

The settlement with Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corp. for unauthorized third-party charges is much like the $112.5 million penalty T-Mobile USA Inc. paid in December and the $105 million hit against AT&T Mobility in October. But there's one big difference in the enforcement actions: the agency that brought the suit.

Intellectual Ventures Clears Hurdle in Capital One Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 13, 2015

Two weeks after JPMorgan Chase persuaded a federal judge that three Intellectual Ventures patents failed the test for patent eligibility under Section 101 of the Patent Act, IV has beaten back a parallel defense in its related infringement case against Capital One.

Accounting Firm's Legal Arm Expands in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 13, 2015

EY Legal, the legal services unit of accounting giant Ernst & Young, launches a financial regulatory practice in London with 12 lawyers from two Am Law 100 firms; Foley Hoag opens in New York; a senior Wilmer partner goes in-house; a Cravath partner departs; more machinations at McKenna Long & Aldridge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

In 'Cramming' Cases, Two Agencies Take Action Against Wireless Carriers

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : May 12, 2015

Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corp. will pay a combined $158 million for illegally billing mobile phone customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought the cases, similar to the enforcement actions the FTC brought cases against T-Mobile and AT&T.

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2015

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 12, 2015

The American Lawyer announced this week the finalists of its 2015 Transatlantic Legal Awards. These awards recognize law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and in-house leaders.

D.C. Moves: Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : May 11, 2015

A roundup of Washington, D.C. lateral moves and promotions.

Three Firms See Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 11, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, O'Melveny & Myers and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman see more partners peel away; a former Bingham McCutchen tax partner rejoins her former colleagues at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; a Latham & Watkins antitrust litigator launches her own boutique; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Zebra Technologies Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : May 11, 2015

The legal department at Zebra Technologies Corp. helped the company known for thermal bar code printers absorb a business more than twice its size last year.