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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

Pillsbury Mines Fees from Enviro Group's Novel Coal Plan

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 23, 2015

In a first-of-its-kind deal, a team of Pillsbury lawyers helped a Virginia conservation group get into the coal mining business.

Are Women Allergic to Power?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : November 23, 2015

Women partners push back against a new study's findings.

Phishing, Attacks Top Data Concerns of Law Firm CIOs

Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : November 22, 2015

Chief technology officers say that they're trying to anticipate threats to IT systems and sensitive data and eliminate them faster and more effectively than before.


: New Jersey Law Journal : November 20, 2015

Rights Intact. Whale of a Tale. Stop Calling.

We Chat With Campbell Soup's New General Counsel

: Corporate Counsel : November 19, 2015

What's it like to start work at a national icon? We talked to the famed soup maker's new top lawyer to find out.

Morning Wrap: Law Firms Excel With Pro-LGBT Policies | D.C. Firms Host Charity Events This Week

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 19, 2015

Firms cheer the release of Human Rights Campaign's annual corporate equality index on policies for LGBT employees, LegalZoom expands into North Carolina, and Texas executes a death row inmate. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

Top In-House Legal Department 2015

: Daily Business Review : November 17, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis' appellate practice provides a home base to about 20 of the firm's lawyers, but the boundaries between appellate and trial work are porous.

The 2015 Appellate Hot List: Winning Big Cases, Changing the Law

: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

The 20 firms on these pages represent appellate advocacy at its strongest.

Paul Ryan Picks Veteran House Lawyer as General Counsel

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : November 16, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has selected the Ways and Means Committee's top lawyer to become general counsel of the speaker's office. Mark Epley has spent the last 3 1/2 years as general counsel and oversight staff director at Ways and Means. Epley's legal career included stints at the U.S. Justice Department and as an associate at Hunton & Williams.

Fantasy Sports Companies Challenge AG Ban in Court

David Bario and Jake Pearson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015

Court papers filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday show FanDuel and DraftKings are both seeking a judge's ruling on the legality of their business after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent the companies cease-and-desist letters Tuesday, charging the games were in violation of state gambling laws.

Pillsbury Lawyer Heads West, Plus More Lateral Moves

Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 15, 2015

An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Women's Bar Lists Ratings of Chief Judge Candidates

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : November 13, 2015

The Women's Bar Association of the State of New York has given its highest rating to four of the finalists for the state's next chief judge: Janet DiFiore, A. Gail Prudenti, Rowan Wilson and Stephen Younger.

Bar Groups Rank the Candidates for Chief Judge

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : November 12, 2015

The New York State Bar Association, which was among several bar groups that weighed in, said that all seven candidates nominated to become New York's next chief judge are qualified for the job, though it found three candidates stood out.

All Lawyered Up, Fantasy Sports Companies Take On NY AG

David Bario : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2015

With help from Boies Schiller's David Boies, Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro and others, DraftKings and FanDuel are girding for battle with New York's attorney general and a growing roster of opponents.

Deal Watch: Amid Sidecar Sale, Dozen Firms Toast Beer Megamerger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2015

Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.

Legal Department of the Year, Litigation: Oracle Corp.

Scott Graham : The Recorder : November 11, 2015

The company managed a stunning reversal of fortunes in its copyright battle with Google.

Facebook Accused of Text Spamming

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 10, 2015

Suit claims one woman was bombarded with robo-texts inviting her to join the network.

City Bar Gives Top Rating to Chief Judge Candidates

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : November 09, 2015

All seven candidates the Commission on Judicial Nomination recommended for the post of chief judge,which will soon be vacated, were rated as "well qualified" by the New York City Bar Association.

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2015

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Legal Education's Strange Bedfellows

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : November 06, 2015

Some law professors and deans are rising to the defense of the wrong cause.

Deal Watch: Wachtell, Linklaters Charge Up on Big Visa Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 05, 2015

The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.

Sabine O&G Hit With Large Professional Fees in Chapter 11 Case

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : November 03, 2015

In its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, Houston-based Sabine Oil and Gas Corporation was recently presented with large professional bills from Kirkland & Ellis and Porter and Hedges attorneys and the financial advisory firm of Zolfo Cooper Management.

Kirkland & Ellis

Ginny LaRoe : The National Law Journal : November 02, 2015

For Anne McClain Sidrys, it was a "pinch-me" moment: The trial team was gelling, the client was great and the judge so inspiring that Sidrys considered taking her young daughter to court. And then came the judgment entirely in favor of her client, IBM Corp.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Lawyers Line Up On Both Sides of the Volkswagen Scandal

Susan Beck and Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

As the automaker chokes on its emissions scandal, there will be no short of litigation.

Dentons Expands Across Pacific Rim Amid Busy Merger Market

Jennifer Henderson and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : November 02, 2015

Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.

Big Suits

Scott Flaherty and Gina Passarella : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

United States v. General Motors; Federal Trade Commission v. Steris; In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation; EM v. Banco Central De La Republica Argentina; Gomez v. Tyson Foods; Acosta v. Tyson Foods

Top Litigators Share Winning Strategies

: The National Law Journal : October 30, 2015

"I just show up in court and wing it," said no Winning Litigator—ever. But the lawyers in our special report bring more to the table than just meticulous preparation.