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Nickname: Kirkland

Business Type: Law Firm; Limited Liability Partnership

Year Founded: 1909

Total Offices:  12

  • Beijing
  • Chicago
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai
  • Washington, D.C.

Total Attorneys
(approximate): 1,700


  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Corporate
  • Gov't & Internal Investigations
  • International Trade & National Security
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring
  • Tax, Benefits & Estate Planning

Key Awards & Recognition

  • In the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, Kirkland received a national Tier 1 ranking for intellectual property for the ninth consecutive year.

  • In 2015, Kirkland was named to the 11th annual A-List by The American Lawyer. The A-List identifies the country's elite law firms via a measure of their success in four core areas: financial performance, pro bono, diversity and associate satisfaction.

  • In 2016, The American Lawyer recognized Kirkland as one of the most decorated law firms in its biennial "Litigation Department of the Year" survey.

  • In 2016, The BTI Consulting Group's "Litigation Outlook" named Kirkland as one of the Fearsome Foursome — the four "most feared" litigation firms — for the fifth time.

  • In 2014, Kirkland was named "M&A Law Firm of the Year" by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms."

  • Kirkland's Restructuring Practice Group has been highly ranked since the publication's inception and received a Tier 1 ranking in both the global and USA categories in the 2008 through 2015 editions of Chambers Global.

  • Kirkland's Tax Practice Group has been recognized as a top practice in the 2007 through 2015 editions of Chambers USA.

  • Kirkland was named "Private Equity Group of the Year" five years in a row — from 2011 to 2015 — by Law360.

  • Kirkland was ranked in 40 practice areas, with a total of 21 national Tier 1 rankings and 54 regional Tier 1 rankings across five domestic offices, in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers' 2016 "Best Law Firms" rankings.

  • In the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation, Kirkland was ranked Tier 1 in Antitrust nationwide.

  • In the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 UK, Kirkland was ranked in 12 practice areas.

  • In 2016, Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked Kirkland in 10 practice areas.

  • In 2014, the Financial Times named Kirkland the most innovative law firm in North America in its first "North America Innovative Lawyers Report."

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