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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,619
  • Gross Revenues: $2,305,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,425,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,605,000
  • 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

Two More Energy Companies Tap Kirkland for Bankruptcy Work

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : May 04, 2016

Having already grabbed a handful of key debtor's side roles for struggling energy companies, Kirkland & Ellis added two more Chapter 11 cases to its docket this week, snagging assignments for Houston's Ultra Petroleum Corp. and Midstates Petroleum Inc.

Paul Weiss Hires High-Profile Product Liability Litigator

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : May 03, 2016

David Bernick, a former general counsel of tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc., has left Dechert for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which restocked its litigation group after a notable departure in January.

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2016

: The American Lawyer : May 03, 2016

These awards recognize law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting in-house leaders and law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono and outstanding transatlantic strategy.

April: Lateral Litigator Winners and Losers

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 02, 2016

A look at some of the most notable lateral litigator moves in April.

DLA Piper Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2016

DLA Piper bags new recruits from Skadden and Willkie Farr; Chadbourne & Parke picks up a partner with World Cup ties; Cleary Gottlieb adds an Allen & Overy practice leader; Stroock nabs a former federal judge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : April 28, 2016

The administrative office of the U.S. Courts said Thursday that bankruptcy filings fell 8.5 percent over the past year. But one sector where Chapter 11 work hasn't dried up is the energy industry, where Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are siphoning off new assignments.

Facebook Sued Over Texts to Recycled Cell Numbers

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 27, 2016

Technology companies—and their text notifications—have become a big target of litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

New Judge Invokes 'Wisdom' and 'Courage' of Predecessors

: New York Law Journal : April 26, 2016

Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia was sworn in ceremonially in Albany on Monday by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

Morning Wrap: N.C. Voter ID Upheld | Big Law Support for Hastert | Brady Reprimand Reinstated

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : April 26, 2016

A federal judge in North Carolina upholds the state's voter identification law. Several Big Law lawyers write letters supporting Dennis Hastert. A federal appeals court reinstates the NFL's punishment of Tom Brady. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Growth Slows at Largest New York Law Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 26, 2016

Revenue and profit growth cooled at most of the largest New York law firms in 2015 after several years of rapid growth.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 26, 2016

At least three law firms are now working with First Republic Bank to help their associates pay down hundreds of thousands in law school debt at reduced rates. Dozens of others are working with nontraditional lenders such as SoFi to implement similar programs.

Uncertainty Clouds London's Outlook

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The upcoming referendum on the UK's status in the European Union has slowed inbound investment.

Am Law 100 Firms Pull Back in Chicago

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Even of the city's most prominent native firms are reducing their lawyer numbers there.

When Judges Wanted to Get Paid, They Went to Court

Jenna Greene : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The federal government has shelled out more than $350 million to settle judges' back pay claims.

Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Skadden Shines on SunEdison's Bankruptcy Outage

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2016

The firm is advising solar energy giant SunEdison Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing in New York, the largest by any U.S. company so far this year.

Deal Watch: Lexmark Inks Sale With Four Big Firms in the Queue

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2016

Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.

Garland, Mum on Nomination, Urges Lawyers to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 21, 2016

In a rare public speech since his nomination to the U.S. Supreme was announced, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit delivered remarks at the court's annual pro bono recognition breakfast. He urged lawyers to do more to close the access-to-justice gap.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Dykema Defectors Form New Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 18, 2016

A four-lawyer team leaves Dykema Gossett to start their own shop; Norton Rose Fulbright nabs a dealmaker who nearly died in an African plane crash; a Seyfarth Shaw practice leader joins a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from The Am Law 200.

Law Students Urged to 'Go out There'

: New York Law Journal : April 15, 2016

Sandra Leung, executive vice president and general counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb, spoke to law school students at Kirkland & Ellis' New York office on April 8 as part of the firm's inaugural Diversity Scholars Program.

Boutique Bags Seyfarth Practice Leader for Senior Admin Role

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2016

Meagan Newman, co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw's environmental, safety and toxic tort practice in Chicago, has joined high-powered litigation boutique Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott as chief administrative officer in the Windy City.

Jones Day, Armstrong Teasdale Advise on Big Coal Bankruptcy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2016

Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest privately owned coal miner, filed for bankruptcy in St. Louis on Monday. The two Am Law 200 firms have landed lead debtor's counsel roles in the Chapter 11 case, the latest by a major energy company this year.

Big Firm Vets Start New Careers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2016

Two longtime Am Law 100 partners start post-legal careers; Kirkland & Ellis hires in Germany; Orrick grows in Europe; Reed Smith makes moves amid merger talks; White & Case goes to Boston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Plaintiffs Withdraw Fourth Bellwether Case Before GM Trial

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 12, 2016

Bellwether cases in the multi-district litigation over defective General Motors ignition switches are being cleared faster than trials can be held.

Simpson Thacher on Blackstone's $1.1B Mphsis Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 12, 2016

The U.S. private equity firm is buying the Indian outsourcing company from Hewlett Packard Enterprise in its largest acquisition in the country.

No Rubber Stamp From ITC in Cisco-Arista IP Fight

Scott Graham : The Recorder : April 12, 2016

The commission will review an administrative law judge's finding that Arista Networks infringes Cisco networking patents.

NJ Justices Hear Pre-emption Arguments in Reglan Mass Tort

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : April 11, 2016

The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments April 11 over whether hundreds of failure-to-warn claims against makers of generic Reglan—which is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease—are pre-empted by federal law.

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.