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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,554
  • Gross Revenues: $2,016,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,295,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,280,000
  • 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 $2,016,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 5th on The American Lawyer's 2014 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, CO, DC, IL and NY.

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

Continental Breakfast with Charlie Geffen, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : November 26, 2014

American Lawyer chief European correspondent Chris Johnson meets regularly with senior legal sector figures at their favorite breakfast joints to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new London corporate head Charlie Geffen discusses the continued exodus of private equity partners from U.K. to U.S. firms in London.

U. Va. Picks O'Melveny Team to Investigate Sexual-Assault Crisis

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : November 25, 2014

The beleaguered University of Virginia on Tuesday turned to a "multidisciplinary team" from O'Melveny & Myers to serve as independent counsel and investigate the problem and handling of sexual violence on the campus.

Solyndra's Antitrust Foes Can't Get Docs It Gave to Feds

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 25, 2014

The defunct solar panel maker doesn't have to turn over millions of records produced in government probes to three Chinese companies it's suing for antitrust violations, a federal magistrate judge ruled.

Continental Breakfast with Gibson Dunn's Charlie Geffen

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : November 25, 2014

American Lawyer chief European correspondent Chris Johnson meets regularly with senior legal sector figures at their favorite breakfast joints to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week, Charlie Geffen discusses life after being ousted from his former managerial position at Ashurst and his new role as head of Gibson Dunn's London corporate practice.

U. Va. Reverses Decision on Lawyer to Lead Review of Sex Assault Policies

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : November 21, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Friday morning that Kirkland & Ellis partner Mark Filip will not lead the study of sexual assault policies at the University of Virginia. The announcement came just hours after Filip was picked last night.

Justices Decline to Adopt Third Restatement

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : November 21, 2014

The state Supreme Court has held that Pennsylvania will continue to follow the Restatement (Second) of Torts in products liability cases.

Greenberg Traurig Adds Qatar's World Cup Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 21, 2014

Romi Nayef, an ex-Dentons partner and a lead lawyer for Qatar in its controversial World Cup bid, joins Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in his hometown of Houston; Carlton Fields Jorden Burt hires more Bingham McCutchen refugees; a Hogan Lovells partner returns to Yale; Mintz Levin hires again from Edwards Wildman Palmer; Wiley Rein prepares to absorb a 50-person lobbying group and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Third Circuit Mulls Whether Reverse Payment Means Cash

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 20, 2014

The Third Circuit grappled Wednesday with whether pharmaceutical companies that settle patent litigation for terms other than cash payments can still fall under the specter of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in FTC v. Actavis that allowed for antitrust scrutiny of large reverse-payment settlements.

Dechert's Lateral Hires Take Lead for Troubled Airbag Maker Takata

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2014

The embattled Japanese auto parts company has retained a high-powered defense team from Dechert to handle a criminal probe, congressional inquiry and class action litigation related to a growing scandal into defective airbags.

Plaintiffs Can't Evade Federal Jurisdiction in Coordinated Tort Suits

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 18, 2014

In a win for drugmakers, the Ninth Circuit ruled, 9-2, Tuesday that suits filed in California state court against the makers of Darvon and Darvocet fall under the Class Action Fairness Act.

Sidley Austin Snags Houston Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2014

Two Andrews Kurth partners peel off for Sidley Austin in Houston's hot lateral market; a handful of firms make big hires in London; Blank Rome adds a pair from Bingham McCutchen; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The 2014 Appellate Hot List

: The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

We've identified 20 firms with outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Kirkland & Ellis

Sherry Karabin : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Bingham, Edwards Wildman Partners Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Bingham McCutchen lawyers head for the exits; Kirkland & Ellis hires again from Covington & Burling; a quick turnaround for two Quinn Emanuel litigators; government roles beckon some big firm partners and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

Manning v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc.

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 13, 2014

Short Sale Lawsuit Remanded to State Court

Kirkland & Ellis Partner Claims FIFA Report Misrepresents Findings

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 13, 2014

FIFA, the Zurich-based governing body for global soccer, released a summary of its investigation into the World Cup bidding process on Thursday, clearing Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing. But the head of the investigatory branch of the organization's ethics committee disagrees.

Litigators of the Week: David Heiman, Bruce Bennett and Heather Lennox of Jones Day

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : November 13, 2014

The team led the army of Jones Day lawyers that shepherded Detroit through its historic bankruptcy—and possibly the start of the city's resurgence.

Court OKs Failure-To-Warn Suits Against Generic Reglan Makers

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : November 12, 2014

Failure-to-warn claims against generic makers of Reglan are not preempted to the extent those companies failed to update the warnings on their labels, a New Jersey appeals court held Nov. 12.

GC Advises Peers Look Beyond Legal Function

Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 11, 2014

I serve as chief legal officer of Consolidated Container Company. I have two outstanding colleagues—an attorney and a paralegal—on my team.

Latham Raids O'Melveny for Six Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 11, 2014

Latham & Watkins makes a major bid to become a Hollywood heavyweight by luring six high-profile media and entertainment partners from O'Melveny & Myers; Proskauer Rose loses three while Duane Morris adds two; Sidley Austin and Wilson Elser partners go in-house and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : November 10, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Supreme Court Water Battle Could Be Long, Costly

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : November 07, 2014

Charles DuMars, a New Mexico lawyer who previously represented Georgia in water litigation, said he couldn't venture a guess as to how much the Supreme Court case with Florida will cost.

Latham Vows Extra Rounds in Allergan Takeover Fight

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : November 05, 2014

Allergan and its lawyers at Latham & Watkins filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday after a judge largely sided with hostile bidder Valeant Pharmaceuticals and the activist hedge fund Pershing Square.

Olens to Tackle Unfinished Business in Second Term

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : November 05, 2014

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens didn't have long to bask in the victory of winning a second term.

Answering the Call: D.C. Lawyers Work Election Hotline

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 04, 2014

Inside the Election Protection call center, where lawyers talk to voters from Pennsylvania and Florida on behalf of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The voters have called the hotline for help—how to vote, where to vote, what to take, or if they've encountered an issue—and often don't realize they're conferring with some of D.C.'s greatest legal brainpower.

Dentons Grows in New Jersey and Africa, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2014

One of the world's largest firms expands in the Garden State and Casablanca; Katten Muchin Rosenman adds a former Dealmaker of the Year; Norton Rose Fulbright gets into cybersecurity; Willkie Farr & Gallagher goes to Houston and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

From Don Julio to Medical Research, It's All M&A to Cravath and S&C

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 03, 2014

Monday was a three-deal day for the corporate lawyers at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Sullivan & Cromwell, as the two leading Am Law 100 firms each advised clients on a trio of notable transactions. Covington & Burling, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kirkland, Davis Polk and Wachtell also had key roles on five separate deals.