For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.
Kirkland's principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client's success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. Our Firm seeks long-term, partnering relationships with clients, to the end of providing the best total solution to the client's legal needs.
We manage our Firm as an integrated whole. Approximately 1,900 lawyers in varying practice areas work together as multidisciplinary teams to provide the full-service capabilities our clients need for the legal matters they retain Kirkland to handle.
Kirkland's open assignment system allows each attorney to choose the practice areas and matters on which they work. This entrepreneurial approach yields higher levels of commitment, morale and results in all of our core practices:
Corporate and Tax: Kirkland lawyers negotiate and close highly sophisticated transactions, representing public and private companies and private equity investors in a broad range of transactions. Our tax lawyers have handled matters in the courtroom and boardroom, with proven results in the transactional and litigation arenas. Our Trusts & Estates lawyers represent individuals and families with respect to worldwide estate and business succession planning and are adept at planning for the management or disposition of unique and illiquid assets, such as private equity interests, closely held businesses and real estate. Kirkland's real estate lawyers apply real estate, corporate, securities, partnership and tax law to complex business transactions involving the acquisition, ownership, financing and operation of commercial real estate.
Litigation: Kirkland has been recognized for its reputation as a Firm of trial lawyers (not just litigators) by successfully representing companies involved in business-critical lawsuits and class actions. Because of our trial-ready philosophy, we are able to offer a deep bench of lawyers who have been taking cases to verdict since the early stages of their careers.
Intellectual Property: Kirkland's intellectual property practice is one of the oldest such practices in a full-service firm. Clients benefit from our critical mass of lawyers who are trained in a variety of technical disciplines with experience in litigation, transactions and counseling matters involving all areas of intellectual property.
Restructuring: By combining sophisticated business advisory and crisis management skills with extensive experience in U.S., UK and international insolvency matters, Kirkland's restructuring lawyers navigate clients through the turmoil of situations involving financially troubled companies.
At Kirkland, we believe that our ability to function at the very highest level of our profession is significantly enhanced by building a team of lawyers who bring us the benefits of a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds. Our commitment to diversity is reflected not only in the Firm's policies, programs and committees, but also through our efforts to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from difference.
The Kirkland Institute
Effective training is critical to the professional development of our lawyers. For this reason, Kirkland emphasizes attorney training that combines a legal practice with a year-round series of development programs including mock exercises, lectures and presentations. From their first days at our Firm, Kirkland lawyers have front-line opportunities to take and defend depositions, draft transaction documents, argue motions in court and draft securities filings. By performing such work under the guidance of senior colleagues, Kirkland lawyers learn through hands-on experience.
Kirkland Institute programs include: Trial Advocacy (KITA); Corporate Practice (KICP); Technology (KTECH); Tax Practice (KITP); Restructuring Training (KIRT); Patent Infringement Litigation (KIPIL); Insolvency Training (KIIT); and the LBO/Private Equity Seminar.
Kirkland is a strong and dynamic institution with a strategic network of offices located in major business centers around the globe. In line with our strategy of sensible, organic growth, the Firm has expanded geographically to meet the needs of our clients while maintaining a strong focus on quality control.
Kirkland stresses — and clients rightfully expect — good results. To that end, our Firm employs innovative, pragmatic strategies and hard work to ensure that our clients' legal needs are met. We recognize that our success depends on close coordination with our clients, therefore, our lawyers work collaboratively to set objectives, develop budgets and conduct periodic review sessions to measure our progress against those objectives.
Our Firm is committed to serving the communities in which we practice and live. Through pro bono work, our lawyers make their skills and talents available to those who cannot afford legal representation. They provide pro bono clients with the same commitment and diligence they show for our traditional clients. The Kirkland & Ellis Foundation provides financial support to charitable and law-related organizations that enhance communities through emergency relief, legal assistance, community services, sustainability/conservation efforts, cultural awareness, youth programs, health care initiatives, education opportunities and diversity sensitivity.
Technology & Support Services
The Firm makes extensive use of legal and administrative personnel to provide the appropriate skill level for the legal services required by our clients. Kirkland keeps pace with today's technology by providing our lawyers, staff and clients with the most advanced technology tools available to facilitate the practice of law.
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