Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an American law firm. Founded in 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, Kirkland & Ellis is the largest law firm in the world by revenue, the seventh-largest by number of attorneys,[6] and is the first law firm in the world to reach US$4 billion in revenue.[7] As of 2021, Kirkland & Ellis ranks third on Am Law’s list of profits per equity partner.[8] While Kirkland & Ellis was historically considered a firm focused on litigation, during the 2010s, it expanded private equity and restructuring practices which, together with large-scale commercial litigation, comprise the core legal service areas of the firm.[9]

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis
No. of offices16 (2020) [1]
No. of attorneys2,598 (2020)[2]
No. of employees2,700 (2020) [3]
Key peopleJon A. Ballis, P.C.,[4] chairman, global management executive committee
RevenueIncrease US$4.83 billion (2020) [5]
Date founded1909; 112 years ago (1909)
FounderRobert R. McCormick
Company typeLimited liability partnership
Websitewww.kirkland.com

Many attorneys from the firm have served as federal officials or judges, including United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former Attorney General William Barr.

Chicago office at 300 North LaSalle

HistoryEdit

 
London office at 30 St Mary Axe, popularly known as the Gherkin

In 1909, two attorneys, Stuart G. Shepard and Robert R. McCormick, formed the Chicago-based partnership that would eventually become Kirkland & Ellis. McCormick was the grandson of Joseph Medill, who had founded the Chicago Tribune. McCormick became president of the Tribune Company in 1914 and, in 1925, sole publisher of the Tribune.[10]

Weymouth Kirkland and his associate Howard Ellis joined the firm in 1915. Kirkland served as chief counsel to the Tribune and other newspapers in various free speech and defamation cases, including Near v. Minnesota. In 1938, Kirkland and Ellis hired young trial lawyer Hammond Chaffetz from the U.S. Department of Justice. Chaffetz spent six decades with the firm, during which it grew to about 780 lawyers, making it one of the 30 largest in the country.[11] Kirkland & Ellis has 15 offices in four countries.[12]

In 2020, "Kirkland, along with some other out-of-town firms like Sidley Austin and Latham & Watkins," have been reported in media as using "aggressive lateral recruiting to draw from New York’s dealmaking talent pool."[13][14] The firm earned just under $5 billion in revenue in 2020.[5] The increase came from heightened demand, induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.[15]

RankingsEdit

The American Lawyer ranked Kirkland & Ellis as the 2018 Law Firm of the Year.[16] "Mergers & Acquisitions" ranked Kirkland & Ellis as the 2019 Law Firm of the Year for advising on 400 U.S. based-deals (more than twice that of the firm ranked second), and for advising on the largest number of global deals, in each case, in 2019.[17] As of 2021, Am Law lists Kirkland & Ellis as the largest law firm in the United States by gross revenue and third greatest in profits per equity partner.[8] Kirkland & Ellis was ranked second in the 2017 ATL Power 100 law firm rankings.[18] Vault ranked Kirkland & Ellis as the most prestigious firm in Chicago and the number-one firm in the U.S. for private equity, restructuring and business outlook in 2018.[19]

Notable clients and casesEdit


Notable attorneys and alumniEdit

Notable alumni of the firm include, among others, more than two dozen attorneys who resigned when appointed to roles in government.[41] Alumni include:

Endowed professorshipsEdit

The firm has endowed professorships in its name at four law schools: Harvard Law School,[76] Northwestern University School of Law,[77] University of Michigan Law School,[78][79] and the University of Chicago Law School.[80]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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