Firm Fact Sheet

PDF Print Friendly Page

Nickname: Kirkland

Business Type: Law Firm; Limited Liability Partnership

Year Founded: 1909

Total Offices:  11

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

Total Attorneys
(approximate): 1,600


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

Key Awards & Recognition

  • In the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, Kirkland received a national Tier 1 ranking for intellectual property for the seventh consecutive year.

  • In 2013, Kirkland was named to the tenth 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 2012, The American Lawyer recognized Kirkland as one of the most decorated law firms in the history of its biennial Litigation Department of the Year survey. The Firm tied for first place, garnering the highest overall rankings for the 11-year existence of its litigation contest.

  • In back-to-back biennial reports, the BTI Consulting Group's "Litigation Outlook" named Kirkland as one of the firms that formed 2011 and 2013's Fearsome Foursome - the four "most feared" litigation 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 2013 editions of Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.

  • Kirkland's Tax Practice Group has been recognized as a top practice in the 2008 through 2013 editions of Chambers USA.

  • Kirkland was named "Private Equity Group of the Year" two years in a row – in 2012 and 2013 - by Law360.

  • In 2013, Kirkland was awarded the Corporate/M&A Award for Excellence by Chambers USA.

  • Kirkland was ranked in 40 practice areas, with a total of 25 national Tier 1 rankings and 60 regional Tier 1 rankings across five domestic offices, in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2013 "Best Law Firms" rankings.

  • In 2013, The Legal 500 U.S. awarded Kirkland with a national Tier 1 ranking for antitrust.

  • Kirkland's London office was recommended in 10 practice categories in the 2012 edition of The Legal 500 UK.

  • In 2012, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific recommended Kirkland in seven practice categories.

  • In 2012, the Financial Times named Kirkland among the most innovative law firms in the United States in its third "U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report."

© 2014 Kirkland & Ellis LLP