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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 2014 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

Sidley Austin Boosts Beijing Office With New Hire

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 08, 2015

The Chicago-based firm has recruited capital markets partner Mengyu Lu from Kirkland & Ellis.

Litigators of the Week: John O'Quinn and Steven Cherny of Kirkland & Ellis

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : October 08, 2015

In a $2 billion patent battle with roots as old as the lawyers who fought it, Cherny and O'Quinn can finally claim a final victory.

3rd Circuit Tackles 'Gateway' Question of Class Arbitrability

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 08, 2015

Arguments Thursday before the Third Circuit took on the feel of an Abbott and Costello skit, but with the famed "Who's on first?" swapped out for "who decides" and the baseball theme replaced by more serious questions of arbitrability.

Deal Watch: Beer Battle, Asset Swap Quench Firms' Transactional Thirst

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev has sidled up with Sullivan & Cromwell in its ongoing effort to merge with alcoholic beverage industry rival SABMiller.

Behind Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports, A Big-Firm Bonanza

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2015

Cooley, Debevoise, Dentons, Fenwick, Gibson Dunn, Greenberg Traurig, Kirkland and Latham are advising clients in the increasingly lucrative—and still mostly unregulated—world of daily fantasy sports.

Mayer Brown Tapped to Defend Volkswagen Consumer Suits

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : October 06, 2015

The legal lineup continues to expand on both sides of Volkswagen's historic corporate disaster.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 05, 2015

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

Arent Fox Adds Tech Transactions Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 04, 2015

Another practice leader leaves Kaye Scholer; Blank Rome bags a handful of new hires; Day Pitney poaches a five-partner real estate team; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

American Law Firms Raise Their Bets on Germany

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 04, 2015

U.S. firms have adopted ambitious growth strategies in Germany, shaking up that country's lateral market.

Ashurst Hires Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 02, 2015

Renminbi bond specialist Jini Lee is the latest of at least six lawyers this year to leave Linklaters' Hong Kong office for rival firms.

Verizon, Cablevision Settle Advertising Dispute

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : October 02, 2015

Cablevision and Verizon agreed to settle hard-fought litigation over advertising claims they made about their Internet service, according to court papers.

Another Big Deal for Teva, and a Mystery Role for Kirkland Revealed

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2015

Closing the loop on the twisted tale of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to advise longtime client Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its latest big M&A deal.

Deal Watch: M&A Stays Strong Through Third Quarter, Skadden Tops League Tables

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2015

As 2015's third quarter comes to a close, bank-breaking, billion-dollar deals seem to be the gifts that keep on giving for M&A lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

Former USDA Official Settles Defamation Suit Against Breitbart Estate

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 01, 2015

Former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod has settled her long-running defamation lawsuit against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

BP's Deepwater Toll: $55B and Counting

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : September 30, 2015

In its most recent quarterly report, BP took a $10.8 billion charge related to its Gulf oil spill "response" in the second quarter of 2015, according to documents on its website.

The World's Best Known Law Firms

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : September 30, 2015

Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.

Seven Texas-Based Firms Among Nation's Most Fearsome

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Two Houston firms are listed in "Awesome Opponents" category in BTI Litigation Outlook 2016 survey of in-house lawyers.

Big Texas Law Firms Face New Competitors at Home

Susan Beck and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

As out-of-state firms gain market share in the Lone Star State, native Texas firms are having to rethink their strategies.

'Good Ol' Boys Club' In MDL

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 28, 2015

The high number of plaintiffs attorneys appointed to steer multidistrict litigation and the repeated use of the same firms are drawing criticism from lawyers competing for those posts and from the judiciary involved in several prominent MDL cases this year.

Covington Bolsters New LA Office, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 27, 2015

The co-head of a Los Angeles-based litigation boutique decamped for Covington & Burling, which opened in the city earlier this year; comings-and-goings at Ballard Spahr and White & Case; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Supreme Court's Patent Plate Is Empty—For Now

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 25, 2015

After gorging itself on patent cases the last few years, IP lawyers figure the justices may want to push away from the table this term.

Atlanta Lawyers Advise on Billion-Dollar Buyouts and Other Deals

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 25, 2015

Atlanta lawyers at four firms, King & Spalding, Alston & Bird, Jones Day and Morris Manning & Martin, advised clients on recent big deals. Two of those—King & Spalding client Belk and Alston & Bird client Premiere Global Services—are taking billion-dollar buyouts by private equity firms.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : September 24, 2015

The American Lawyer Global M&A Deals of the Year recognize transactions that redrew the corporate map in every corner of the globe.

Plaintiffs Team Seeks $200 Million Payday in Price-Fixing Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 24, 2015

Lawyers with Trump, Alioto, Trump & Prescott have requested one-third of a $577 million settlement fund for pressing claims against the makers of cathode ray tubes.

Morning Wrap: A PillBourne or ChadBury Merger in the Works | White House Challenges Forward Movement of Another Health Care Suit

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : September 24, 2015

Some law firms see lateral movement and merger talks, several celebrities lawyer up, and our collection of coverage as Pope Francis traverses downtown: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Kirkland Keeping Mum on Role in Volkswagen Scandal

David Bario and Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : September 23, 2015

The scope and timing of Kirkland's involvement is still unclear in a case that could rival the BP oil-spill litigation in scope—not to mention billable hours.

Chancery Hints Approvals of Noncash Class Accords Won't Be as Easy

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 23, 2015

In describing the benefits of a class action settlement in a shareholders' merger challenge as akin to the size of a peppercorn but the rights bargained away only equal to a mustard seed, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III approved the noncash settlement over the sole objection of a law professor.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The American Lawyer : September 22, 2015

The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards in finance recognize the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects.

Shout-Out: A $94M Verdict for Kirkland and Winston Lawyers

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : September 22, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis partner James Hurst along with Winston & Strawn partner Steven D'Amore came out on top against a team from Williams & Connolly, scoring an under-the-radar $94 million verdict on behalf of AbbVie Inc. against MedImmune LLC.

IP Management Provider Plainlegal to Rebrand as Alt Legal

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : September 21, 2015

CEO Nehal Madhani said the move stresses that they are putting forth an alternative, better way to practice law.