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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

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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 2012 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, London 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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

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

Cognizant Pays $2.7B for TriZetto

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : September 19, 2014

Cognizant, an IT provider in Teaneck, N.J., made a big move last week when it announced it paid $2.7 billion in cash to acquire health-care software company TriZetto Corp.

Iraq Loses Its Bid for Oil-for-Food Damages

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : September 19, 2014

The Republic of Iraq cannot pursue damages against some 90 companies for allegedly conspiring with Saddam Hussein to corrupt and plunder the United Nations-administered oil-for-food program during the last years of the dictator's regime, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.

Freshfields Poaches Fried Frank Capital Markets Team

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

Valerie Ford Jacob, the head of the capital markets group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, is leaving with partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp to join Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. The moves are the latest high-profile lateral hires by Freshfields in the U.S.

Iraq Loses Its Bid for Oil-for-Food Damages

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : September 18, 2014

The Republic of Iraq can't pursue damages against some 90 companies for allegedly conspiring with Saddam Hussein to corrupt and plunder the U.N-administered oil-for-food program during the last years of the dictator's regime, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.

Jones Day Continues Deal Spree with SAP's Concur Buy

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

German software giant SAP has turned to Jones Day and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for its $8.3 billion acquisition of enterprise software company Concur Technologies. The deal is one of a handful of major software transactions announced so far this month and third major M&A mandate in a week for Jones Day.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

GM Seeks To Block Deposition of Former In-House Attorney

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 16, 2014

General Motors Co. is asking a federal judge overseeing more than 100 ignition-switch lawsuits to halt discovery in a Georgia case in which one of its former senior attorneys faces deposition as soon as November.

Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Resumes After Settlement

Ed White : The Associated Press : September 15, 2014

A judge refused to extend a timeout Monday in Detroit's bankruptcy trial after a deal with a major creditor removed another opponent from the city's plan to exit the largest Chapter 9 case in U.S. history.

Detroit Trial Elicits Unusual Apology From Kirkland, Syncora

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2014

Less than a week after insurer Syncora dropped its opposition to Detroit's plan to emerge from Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the company and its lawyers at Kirkland issued an extraordinary public apology Monday for attacking the motives and good faith of the two mediators working on the city's reorganization.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

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

Am Law Firms Advise on Pair of Health Care Mergers

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2014

Monday was a big day for health care company mergers, with Latham & Watkins, Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom taking the lead on two deals with a combined value of nearly $5 billion.

Sidley Snags Cam Kerry, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 13, 2014

Sidley Austin has hired Cameron Kerry, a former general counsel and acting secretary at the U.S. Commerce Department and younger brother of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as senior counsel in Boston and Washington, D.C. The Am Law Daily looks at Kerry's hire and more in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Meet the Lawyer Behind Yahoo's Fight Over Surveillance

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 12, 2014

Marc Zwillinger has long been a “technology guy,” specializing in data security and privacy law. This week, he was in the news for his work with Yahoo! Inc., which has been pushing to unseal documents in a legal fight over government surveillance requests.

Jones Day, Kirkland Advise on Eastman Chemical Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 11, 2014

The two Am Law 100 firms are handling Eastman Chemical Company's purchase of global specialty chemical company Taminco Corp. for $1.8 billion in cash, plus debt.

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : September 11, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is promoting legislative relief for student debtors, but some law schools are poster children for the larger problem.

Second Circuit Says Conn. Business Law Violates First Amendment

Mark Hamblett : The Connecticut Law Tribune : September 11, 2014

A federal appeals court has struck down a Connecticut law that forced an insurance company and auto glass repair business to mention a competitor's name if the insurer violated a ban on promoting its own repair shops.

Williams v. BASF Catalysts LLC

: New Jersey Law Journal : September 11, 2014

Action Alleging Fraudulent Conspiracy Between Law Firm and Client May Proceed

Kirkland to Launch Restructuring Practice in Asia

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 10, 2014

The Chicago-based firm has tapped Hogan Lovells' regional practice head, Neil McDonald, and one other Hong Kong-based insolvency partner in a move to grow its own team beyond the U.S. and Europe.

Third Circuit Gets It Right in Cahill Fraud Case

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : September 10, 2014

By refusing to allow the litigation privilege to shield Cahill Gordon and its former client from egregious fraud claims, a Third Circuit panel took a welcome step toward holding lawyers more accountable for their actions.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : September 10, 2014

A round up of legal news from around the web and ALM-affiliated publications: prosecutors defend the Ray Rice plea; Home Depot cyberattack fall out; why are insider trading sentences so stiff?

Quinn Emanuel Wields Fair Use to Foil Fox News Claims

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : September 09, 2014

Fox News and its lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis suffered a big setback on Tuesday in their copyright case against TVEyes Inc., a service that allows corporations, media watchdogs and political campaigns to track what cable news pundits are saying.

Circuit Said State Law Restricts Commercial Speech

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : September 09, 2014

A federal appeals court has struck down a law that forced an insurance company and auto glass repair business to mention a competitor's name if the insurer violated a ban on promoting its own repair shops.

Jones Day Adds Two More Kirkland IP Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The IP litigation exodus from Kirkland & Ellis continued this week as partners William Devitt and Matthew Hertko decamped for Jones Day in Chicago. The Am Law Daily has a look at those moves and more in our latest roundup of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

IN BRIEF: UCLA Dean Stepping Down

: The National Law Journal : September 08, 2014

Rachel Moran, dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, has announced plans to step down as soon as her replacement can be found. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : September 08, 2014

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : September 08, 2014

Four firms have added partners and others have added counsel.

Gibson Dunn Withdraws From Teacher Tenure Challenge in NY

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : September 04, 2014

On Wednesday, lawyers from Gibson Dunn and Kirkland & Ellis were expected to gather before a judge to learn how closely they'd be collaborating in two separate lawsuits challenging New York's tenure system. Instead, a hearing on consolidating the cases has been postponed, and Gibson Dunn confirmed Tuesday that it is withdrawing.

Litigators of the Week: Christopher Placitella of Cohen, Placitella & Roth and Jeffrey Pollock of Fox Rothschild

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : September 04, 2014

Placitella and Pollock persuaded an appeals court to revive fraud claims against BASF Corporation and Cahill Gordon—and to affirm that the litigation privilege isn't a license to deceive the courts.

Asia Deal Digest: Sep. 4, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 04, 2014

*Davis Polk on Taiwan's largest dollar debt offer*DLA Piper leads $464 million Fosun investment*Clayton Utz, A&O on $540 million Veda share sale