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Talent, drive and enthusiasm - that’s what makes a Kirkland & Ellis attorney. We believe in creative solutions fueled by teamwork, and we are dedicated to providing our clients with superior results. With lawyers coming from the world’s finest law schools, Kirkland & Ellis is known as an industry leader in recruiting, retaining and advancing the brightest legal talent. Our reputation for excellence is recognized globally.

Key Facts

2,500+ 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


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.


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.


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, 2019

Recognized in North America Innovative Lawyers Report

Financial Times, 2018

“A-List” Firm

The American Lawyer, 2018

Tier 1: 10 categories

Chambers Global, 2018

Tier 1: 20 categories

Chambers USA, 2018

Best Law Firms for Women

Working Mother, 2018

Pro Bono Hot List

National Law Journal, 2018

Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

Human Rights Campaign, 2018