Professional ProfileSarah Donnell is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has litigated cases at the trial and appellate stages in various state and federal courts. She has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, including products liability, shareholder derivative, breach of contract, and antitrust matters.
Representing pharmaceutical manufacturer in consolidated multidistrict products liability litigation and coordinated state-court proceedings involving manufacture of allegedly contaminated products. MDL court granted summary judgment motions on several categories of claims, resulting in dismissal or favorable settlement of hundreds of claims. Served as trial counsel in state court case, which resulted in a full defense verdict.
Representing defendant in multiple class actions alleging antitrust violations.
Represented medical products manufacturer in case claiming injury from use of allegedly defective dialysis machine.
Represented pharmaceutical and medical products manufacturers in various shareholder derivative litigations.
Represented consumer products company as plaintiff in fraud and state RICO action arising out of scheme involving corporate fraud and kickbacks against company. Part of trial team that obtained largest jury verdict in state court’s history. Drafted briefs in state court of appeals and supreme court, resulting in verdict being affirmed.
Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit