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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

Deal Watch: Skadden Celebrates Holiday Weekend Atop M&A League Tables

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 03, 2015

M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.

Facebook Legal Likes Long-Term Relationships

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 02, 2015

Two years after Colin Stretch took over as GC, his department continues to send most legal work to three firms.

Kraft Heinz Names General Counsel Of Combined Entity

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 01, 2015

The current general counsel of Kraft Foods will be leaving the company after its planned merger with H.J. Heinz Co. and her deputy GC will take over the legal functions of the combined entity, the companies said this week.

Chancery Court Rejects GM Ignition-Switch Derivative Suit

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : July 01, 2015

A group of General Motors stockholders has been denied a chance to file a derivative lawsuit over the company's ignition-switch troubles, with the Court of Chancery rejecting arguments that the board of directors was conflicted by potential personal liability for the faulty switches.

Kraft Heinz Co. Names GC of Combined Entity

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 01, 2015

The current general counsel of Kraft Foods will be leaving the company after its planned merger with H.J. Heinz Co., and her deputy GC will take over the legal functions of the combined entity, the companies said this week.

The Highest Stakes in the 2015 Arbitration Scorecard

Michael D. Goldhaber : Focus Europe : July 01, 2015

The 10 biggest disputes from our 2015 survey, ranked by the amount in controversy.

Big Deals

Tom Brennan and Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 01, 2015

China National Nuclear Power IPO, 58.com/Ganji, Daiichi/Sun Pharma and more of the Asia-Pacific region's largest recent transactions.

July Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : July 01, 2015

Alleged Kirkland Conflict Gives Sullivan & Cromwell the Edge

David Bario : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

In the Teva-Mylan takeover fight, a magistrate judge advises that Kirkland's previous work for Mylan should bar it from advising Teva.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Major Fallout in Rocky Flats Case

Scott Flaherty : The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

After 25 years of litigation over contamination from the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, a federal appeals court has ruled that Dow Chemical Co. and Rockwell International Corp. should be on the hook for nuisance claims by neighboring property owners that combined could total hundreds of millions of dollars.

On the Move

: The Recorder : June 29, 2015

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

Supreme Court Sends Google-Oracle Feud Back to SF Judge

Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 29, 2015

The copyright case will return to U.S. District Judge William Alsup for a retrial on whether Google has a fair-use defense.

The Justice Gap: How Big Law Is Failing Legal Aid

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

At best, the nation's biggest and wealthiest firms donate 0.1 percent of revenue to legal aid, an institution in crisis. Isn't it time for more of them to pledge serious money?

Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis; Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 28, 2015

Kirkland snags a top London tax partner but loses three others; McKenna Long & Aldridge sees more lateral movement ahead of its deal with Dentons; Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

BAR-ometer: Senate Ends Stoll Stall

: The Recorder : June 26, 2015

Plus, Fenwick's one man expansion. And a little ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Third Circuit Expands Actavis Ruling to Non-Cash Settlements

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : June 26, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling in FTC v. Actavis, which allowed antitrust suits over reverse cash payments by drug manufacturers to keep generic versions of their products off the market, also applies to non-cash settlements of such disputes.

Litigator of the Week: Merrill Davidoff of Berger & Montague

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 25, 2015

Over 25 years of litigation ups and downs, Davidoff has represented property owners near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado who sued Dow and Rockwell. With a dramatic win from the Tenth Circuit, Davidoff and his clients may finally get some relief.

Fenwick Adds Private-Equity Partner

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : June 24, 2015

David Johanson, who focuses on funds that invest in the tech sector, was with Kirkland & Ellis.

Surprising Reversal in Rocky Flats Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 24, 2015

The Tenth Circuit rules for Colorado property owners in the quarter-century-old Rocky Flats litigation, dealing a blow to Dow and Rockwell and their lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

Competition Heats Up in Brussels

Tania Karas : Global Lawyer News : June 23, 2015

A new Competition Commissioner and a surge in M&A are keeping antitrust lawyers busy in the European Union's capital.

Judge Scolds Intellectual Ventures, But Claims Survive

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : June 22, 2015

Intellectual Ventures can pursue a patent infringement case against JPMorgan, but a judge warned it that "further gamesmanship will not be tolerated."

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Flock to Pharma, as Kirkland and Skadden Snag China Work

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 18, 2015

Nearly a dozen billion-dollar deals were announced over the past week, ranging from homebuilders and retail buys to the privatization of a U.S.-listed Chinese technology company. At the same time, Am Law 100 firms had to look no further than the active pharmaceutical arena to add a few notable M&A engagements to their transactional ledger.

Freshfields' U.S. Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The Magic Circle firm snags a senior Simpson Thacher & Bartlett civil litigation partner in New York; Sheppard Mullin adds a three-lawyer IP team from Pillsbury; King & Spalding opens in Tokyo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

2015 Rising Stars: Joseph Loy

: New York Law Journal : June 16, 2015

"Framing [scientific] issues and focusing on telling a cohesive narrative at trial often yields satisfying results for our clients before we even reach a jury."

Wilson Sonsini, Kirkland on $673M US-to-China Take Private

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 15, 2015

China Mobile Games has become the latest Chinese game developer to exit the Nasdaq, six weeks after Perfect World announced its own plan to delist from the U.S. exchange.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : June 15, 2015

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

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : June 12, 2015

Announcements from Drinker Biddle, DLA Piper, Akin Gump, Arent Fox and Cadwalader.

Capital One Gets Favorable Ruling in Security Patent Dispute

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 12, 2015

A special patent master urged a federal judge to grant summary judgment in Capital One's favor on two data security patents that Intellectual Ventures accuses the bank of infringing.

Morning Wrap: Rise of the Christian Lawyers | Inside Hastert's Papers

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : June 11, 2015

A professor looks at how Christian conservative legal organization have stepped into courtrooms, and some of former Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional papers are made public. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.