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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

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 18, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 18, 2014

*Weil, Skadden lead $3.6 billion acquisition of Halla Visteon Climate Control in Korea*Herbert Smith Freehills advises issuers oOh!media and SurfStitch on their recent Australian IPOs*Clifford Chance on Haitong's $467 million takeover of Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo

Raising Red Card, Kirkland Partner Quits FIFA Probe

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 17, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis partner and former top federal prosecutor Michael Garcia stepped down from his role as head of the investigatory branch of FIFA's ethics committee after the organization declined to consider his protest.

Teaching Transactional Law to New Lawyers

David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer and David Birnbaum : Corporate Counsel : December 16, 2014

Legal educators must remember their calling: to prepare future professionals with enough substantive knowledge, skills and judgment to service the vast legal market, including the transactional domain.

Plaintiffs Culled, but Defect Claims Advance Against GM

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

A federal judge in New York has allowed a consolidated consumer class action to go forward against General Motors Co. over its ignition switch recalls—although on a limited basis.

What's the Going Rate for a Major Rainmaker?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 15, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis just guaranteed $36 million to its latest partner hire.

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs a Boon to Half-Dozen Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Schulte Roth, Skadden and Paul Hastings grabbed roles on the largest leveraged buyout for a U.S. company in 2014 as PetSmart, the nation's largest pet-store chain, on Sunday acquiesced to the demands of an activist investor and agreed to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a group led by private equity firm BC Partners. One day later, another activist fund headed by a Harvard Law School graduate prevailed in its bid to force an LBO at Riverbed Technology.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Another Star London Lateral

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has continued to develop its London transactional practice with the addition of another senior partner, bringing in renowned leveraged finance expert Stephen Gillespie from Kirkland & Ellis.

What Were the Big Lateral Moves in 2014?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 15, 2014

A number of firms headquartered outside Texas opened offices in the Lone Star State during 2014, spurring lateral moves.


: The National Law Journal : December 15, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 11, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : December 11, 2014

*Skadden, Davis Polk advise on $619 million share sale by investors*MoFo, White & Case and Hunton & Williams on $4.4 billion Japan-led financing for LNG plant in Texas*Allen & Gledhill acts for Alibaba subsidiary on stake purchase in mobile security company V-Key

Morning Wrap: Jones Day and the Detroit Manager, and the Legal Rights of a Santa Bar Crawl

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 11, 2014

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Judson Turner Tapped as State Water Czar

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : December 11, 2014

In response to mounting water litigation, Gov. Nathan Deal has created a new role of water czar and named a top government lawyer to the position.

Is UVA Rape Story Actionable?

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : December 11, 2014

As criticism of Rolling Stone mounts over the magazine's sensational story of sexual assault at the University of Virginia, a UVA associate dean, a student featured in the article and others associated with the controversy are lawyering up.

Hogan Lovells Adds Singapore M&A Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Linklaters senior associate Mark Cooper will join in February.

Kirkland Poaches Winston & Strawn's Litigation Chair

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has lured away trial lawyer James Hurst from Winston & Strawn, his professional home for 25 years.

IBM GC Bob Weber Leaving Law Department He Reshaped

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : December 10, 2014

General counsel Robert Weber, the man who added "faster" and "smarter" to IBM's classic THINK motto in the legal department, is leaving his post after eight years in the job.

On the Move

: The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Two Kirkland & Ellis partners have departed, moving to Willkie Farr and Bristol-Myers Squibb; Chadbourne & Parke has added a former U.S. ambassador to Uruguay; and other moves.


: The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Laterals, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

Judge Orders GM to Produce Employee Performance Evaluations

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : December 05, 2014

A federal judge has ordered General Motors Co. to produce performance evaluations of 32 current and former employees, including many in the legal department who were highlighted in an internal report for failing to alert senior executives about a dangerous ignition-switch defect.

Experts Weigh In on Punishment Size, E-Discovery Lessons

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : December 05, 2014

Three attorneys knowledgeable of federal antitrust laws have shared with the Daily Report some observations about the pending anti-trust litigation against Delta Air Lines and competitor AirTran.

Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cisco Lashes Out at Arista in Northern District Infringement Suits

Ross Todd : The Recorder : December 05, 2014

In a blog post, Cisco GC Mark Chandler accused Arista executives who previously worked at Cisco of copying a dozen features.

GCs ID Outside Firms With the Best Client Service

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : December 04, 2014

General counsel are looking for more attention from senior partners and in-depth discussions around business strategy and impact.

Skadden Says 'Aloha' to Busy December Deal Week

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

As the holiday season rolls around, transactional work for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is ramping up. The firm recently grabbed a role on a handful of big deals worth more than $15 billion for clients like Hawaiian Electric Industries, Japan's Ostuka Holdings, the Robb Report and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 4, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 04, 2014

*Skadden guides Singapore's GIC on $8.1 billion U.S. logistics acquisition*Reed Smith leads Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties $6 billion upcoming IPO*Shearman on Chinese nuclear power producer CGN Power $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO

Chancery Refuses to Stop $4.2B Software Company Acquisition

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : December 03, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has declined to enjoin Vista Equity Partners L.P.'s $4.2 billion acquisition of Tibco Software because the transaction's overall equity value was initially based on an inaccurate number of Tibco shares.

Federal Circuit Pulls Plug on BlackBerry Fee Bid

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 02, 2014

Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines won a victory Tuesday for client Mformation Software Technologies.

Three Am Law Firms Make Houston Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 02, 2014

Ogletree Deakins, Quinn Emanuel and Winston & Strawn join the Houston hiring frenzy; Bingham McCutchen's exodus continues; three Howrey alums find a new home at Novak Druce; Jenner & Block brings on a former Deepwater Horizon task force head; Skadden adds one in London and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Across the Pond

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Some U.S. firms have done well in the London legal market. But overall, performance is mixed.