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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 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 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

Orrick Adds Taiwan-Focused IP Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 27, 2015

Patrick Ellisen joins the firm's Silicon Valley office from Greenberg Traurig.

Deal Watch: Am Law Trio Fuels Up on $14.8B Oil Services Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2015

Dealmakers saw the upside of sunken oil prices yet again this week.

Morning Wrap: Menendez | Marriage | Market Meltdowns

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : August 25, 2015

Federal prosecutors file hundreds of pages of court records that challenge Sen. Robert Menendez's effort to stop the criminal case against him. The Sixth Circuit is poised to rule on whether clerks can, at least for now, stop issuing marriage licenses altogether. And Big Law, with its interest in China, closely eyes ongoing market volatility. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2015

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Shout-Out: Cooley and Kirkland & Ellis

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 25, 2015

Win-win is a cliché, but it's an apt description of what went down between Cooley client Gevo Inc. and rival Butamax Advanced Biofuels, represented by Kirkland & Ellis.

Three Firms Work on Shale Asset Purchase

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : August 25, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis and Thompson & Knight represent GEP Haynesville in joint venture's $850 million purchase of shale assets.

No Out for Wyndham in Data Breach Case

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : August 25, 2015

A federal appeals court has ruled the Wyndham hotel chain and its subsidiaries sued in a Federal Trade Commission action are still on the hook for three data breaches into the corporation's computer network that resulted in $10.6 million in fraudulent charges to customers' credit cards.

Kirkland Takes Field in Trade Secrets Spat

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 24, 2015

Partner Adam Alper represents Zebra Enterprise Solutions in a dispute over technology used by the National Football League.


: The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

Lateral moves, new arrivals and distinctions in this week's column.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Franklin California v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Smartflash v. Apple; Jang v. Boston Scientific; Amphastar v. Sanofi

Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : August 24, 2015

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Chicago Law Firms Catch Ride on Deal Surge

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

The legal market in The Second City is in solid shape, due in large part to deal making and transactional work for the area's deep bench of top public companies and some newer players.

Sanctions Smack-Down—Six Years Later

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 21, 2015

Ruling on sanctions motions that have been pending for nearly six years, a federal judge in Delaware found that Rembrandt Technologies LP engaged in widespread document spoliation, unethical payments to witnesses and fraudulent revival of patents. What took so long?

For Kirkland's Hurst, a Win From Afar in Cancer Drug Fight

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 21, 2015

When James Hurst left Winston & Strawn, where he was chairman of the litigation department, to join Kirkland & Ellis in December, he knew conflicts would prevent client Sandoz Inc. from following him. But he scored a final win for the company on Thursday, when a Delaware federal judge ruled for the company in a patent fight over a cancer drug.

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2015

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Ropes Reels in Cybersecurity Pros, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Two top data privacy and security partners leave McDermott Will & Emery for Ropes & Gray; Latham & Watkins hires again from Clifford Chance in Germany; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Growing German Market Spurs Latest Latham Lateral Raid

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : August 18, 2015

In the the latest example of U.S. firms with merit-based compensation systems poaching from their lockstep Magic Circle rivals, Latham & Watkins has hired another partner in Germany from Clifford Chance.

Orrick Snags Corporate Partner From Pillsbury

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : August 17, 2015

Michael Sullivan specializes in emerging growth companies and venture capital.

Haynes and Boone Raids IP Boutique, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 16, 2015

With Mavrakakis Law Group's decision to return to Big Law, Haynes and Boone picked up eight boutique patent litigators and a new Chicago office packed with Kirkland & Ellis alums.

Haynes and Boone Acquires IP Boutique

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : August 13, 2015

Deal brings the firm four lawyers in Palo Alto and a new Chicago office.

Federal Circuit Works Out Its Differences on Divided Infringement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 13, 2015

En banc ruling gives patent holders more ammunition in suits where a service provider and a customer together infringe a patent.

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 13, 2015

Google turns to its longtime M&A counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to create a new holding company for the search giant, plus a rundown of this week's other megadeals and the law firms scrambling to keep them on track.

Cablevision's 'Liar Campaign' Blocked by TRO

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : August 13, 2015

In a hard-fought case over claims made by Cablevision and Verizon while advertising their Internet services, a magistrate judge has temporarily blocked Cablevision from accusing Verizon of dishonesty.

Updated: Energy Future Sells Oncor to Hunt for Over $12 Billion

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : August 12, 2015

Energy Future Holdings' trump card to help it move beyond its current Chapter 11 bankruptcy woes appears to be its prized asset, Oncor Electric Delivery.

ABA Delegates Endorse Transparency in Student Loans

Karen Sloan : New York Law Journal : August 06, 2015

The American Bar Association's House of Delegates adopted a resolution Tuesday urging law schools to better inform students about their educational loans and how to repay that debt.

Litigator of the Week: Michael Sommer of Wilson Sonsini

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : August 06, 2015

In the Teva-Mylan M&A fight, a preliminary litigation win helped keep a hostile bidder at bay.

Deal Watch: Firms Guzzle Fees in Coca-Cola Bottling Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 06, 2015

When Coca-Cola bottlers combine to create the largest independent bottler for the mega beverage brand, they need a fountain of law firms to seal the deal. Plus, the pharma M&A frenzy continues in our latest roundup of billion-dollar deals.

Orrick Takes Beijing IP Partner from Kirkland

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 04, 2015

Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Ya-Chiao Chang specializes in U.S. patent litigation.

ABA Delegates Endorse Transparency in Law School Loans

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : August 04, 2015

The American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging law schools to better inform students about their educational loans and how to repay that debt.