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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Employer Type: Private
Management Committee Chair: Jeffrey C. Hammes
Hiring Partners: Stephanie Berdik & Matthew Cohn (Boston); Nader Boulos & Shelly Hirschtritt (Chicago); Anthony Speier (Houston); Diana Torres, Hamed Meshki, & Tana Ryan (Los Angeles); Jason Kanner, Lauren Casazza, & Ashley Gregory (New York); Jeremy Veit (Palo Alto/San Francisco); Daniel Donovan & Edwin U (DC); Li-Chien Wong (Asia); Sarah Jordan, William Burke & Matthew Elliott (London); Achim Herfs & Wolfgang Nardi (Munich)

Total No. Attorneys 2018: 2,200

Base Salary

All U.S. offices:
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week

Summer Associate Offers

255 out of 256 (2Ls) (2018)

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Hong Kong

Major Departments & Practices

Intellectual Property Litigation