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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • 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.

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 15 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 5 11 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 20 7 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 57 -13 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 81 36 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 58 -8 Summer programs

In the News

Deal Watch: White & Case Tops First-Half Transactional Rankings

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.

Litigation Slump, Leadership Shifts Take Toll at Cadwalader

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : July 05, 2016

Could a merger be next for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft?

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : July 01, 2016

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Punch Ticket on $4.4 Billion Film Deal

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.

Chicago Lawyer Wins Battle Over George Lucas Museum

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.

Jones Day, Akin Gump Help Central Americans Gain U.S. Asylum

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.

Has the Clemency Project Been a Success?

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.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

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.

Siding With Cisco, ITC Blocks Rival's Imports

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.

Longtime Staffer Lobs Bias Lawsuit at Jones Day

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.

Flush With Cash, Latham & Watkins Extends Lateral Spree

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 21, 2016

Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.

Allen & Overy to Match Cravath's U.S. Associate Pay

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

Plaintiffs Allege Conspiracy Affecting Owners of All GM Cars

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.

Big Law Cautious About Raising Salary of Asia-Based Associates-With Updates

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.

Deal Watch: Morgan Lewis Makes Work for BASF

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.

Am Law 100 Firms Match Pay Raise for Asia Associates-Further Updated

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.

Big Firms Slow to Answer Legal Services Funding Plea

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.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

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.

Monday Mashup: The IP Lit Boutique With Sky-High Salaries; Online Dating Tips From the SEC; Gawker Goes Bankrupt

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

A 'Chaotic and Thrilling' Month at the Supreme Court

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.

Deal Watch: Paul Weiss Ponies Up in Skyscraper Sale

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.

NYLJ Rising Stars 2016: Daniel Lavon-Krein

: 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.

NYLJ Rising Stars 2016: Srinivas Kaushik

: 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.

Big Firms Move to Match Cravath Associate Pay Boost

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.

NYLJ Rising Stars 2016: Atif Khawaja

: 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.

Public Policy Bars Dismissal of Bankruptcy Case, Judge Rules

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 2016 IP Hot List

: 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.

Kirkland & Ellis

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016

When it comes to patent litigation, Kirkland & Ellis plays a full court press.