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Kirkland & Ellis is one of the world’s most elite law firms and is recognized for our exceptional service to clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. We believe in creative solutions fueled by teamwork and are dedicated to providing our clients with superior results. We invest in our talent and build dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their practice. With lawyers coming from the world’s finest law schools, Kirkland is known as an industry leader in recruiting, retaining and advancing the brightest legal talent. Our reputation for excellence is recognized globally.

Key Facts

2,700+ Attorneys

100+ years of experience

15 Offices Worldwide: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Washington, D.C.

Our Core Practice Areas

Litigation

We try cases. Our trial lawyers are the experienced courtroom advocates that clients demand. We handle the most challenging cases, and our success rate at trial is among the best in the country.

Transactional 

We cover the full spectrum of complex corporate transactions important to global businesses, including private equity, M&A, debt finance, capital markets, private funds, tax, executive compensation, real estate, and technology and IP transactions. Our attorneys don’t just understand the market — they often “move the market” with innovative solutions.

Intellectual Property

We have one of the most respected intellectual property litigation practices in the country. With decades of experience, our IP litigation attorneys have achieved extraordinary results in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret misappropriation and advertising matters, and they excel in large-scale, bet-the-company cases.

Restructuring

Our market-leading restructuring group provides a broad range of business advisory and crisis management skills to navigate clients through the turmoil of situations involving financially troubled companies. We represent some of the world’s largest companies and creditors in high-profile, complex and often contested multijurisdictional restructurings.

Firm Recognition 

Kirkland consistently makes the top list for workplace rankings and awards, and we take pride in our accomplishments. Kirkland’s website has a complete list of Firm awards, media mentions and press releases. Here are a few of our recent accolades:

Top 10 Most Prestigious Firms, Vault, 2020

Recognized in North America Innovative Lawyers Report, Financial Times, 2019

“A-List” Firm, The American Lawyer, 2019

Tier 1: 13 categories, Chambers Global, 2019

Tier 1: 21 categories, Chambers USA, 2019

Best Law Firms for Women, Working Mother, 2019

Pro Bono Hot List, National Law Journal, 2018

Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2020