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Kirkland is dedicated to the health and well-being of its employees and their families. To that end, we provide a number of benefits, services and programs which are briefly summarized below. The provisions are governed by the terms of the plan documents or contracts.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an equal opportunity employer.


The Firm pays market competitive base salaries. 

Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

As part of our extensive benefits package, we provide medical, dental and vision coverage to Firm employees. 


The Firm provides three weeks of vacation per year. Unused vacation carries forward, to a maximum accrual of 30 days. Vacation accruals increase to four weeks based on service with Kirkland. 

401(k) Savings Plan

The Kirkland & Ellis LLP 401(k) Savings Plan is designed to help participants provide for their future retirement security through voluntary contributions to the plan. Covered employees are eligible to enroll in the 401(k) Plan on a bimonthly basis. A participant can make both 401(k) and Roth 401(k) contributions to the plan. Participants are eligible to contribute from 1 percent to 50 percent of pay up to the Internal Revenue Service maximum.

Defined Contribution Plan

The Kirkland & Ellis LLP Defined Contribution Retirement Plan has been established to provide eligible employees with retirement benefits through annual Firm contributions to participants’ accounts. Covered employees become eligible to participate in the plan on the next January 1 or July 1 after completing two years of service. Participants are always 100 percent vested in their accounts.

Business Casual Attire Policy

Kirkland personnel are permitted to wear business casual clothing on all work days. Traditional business attire, if preferred, is always encouraged. Personnel who participate in client meetings or other interfaces are expected to wear traditional business attire unless otherwise approved.

Backup Child Care

Kirkland provides employees with backup child care in the event that the regular caregiver is not available.  The service is available for children between the ages of three months and 12 years. A nominal daily charge may be required.

Dependent Care Assistance Program

This plan provides a tax-favored method of paying for child care and other qualifying dependent care expenses (including elder care) incurred while working.

Time Off for Birth/Adoption

The Firm provides up to 12 weeks leave of absence to eligible employees (male and female) for the birth or adoption of a child. Eligibility is based on employment category and length of service.

Short- and Long-Term Disability

Employees who become disabled due to illness, injury, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions may be eligible to receive short- or long-term disability benefits. These benefits are based on employment category and service with the Firm.

Nursing Mothers’ Program

To meet the needs of new mothers, the Firm provides a nursing mothers’ room along with prenatal breastfeeding classes and private consultation with certified lactation consultants and childbirth educators.

Additional Benefits

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance for Domestic Partners
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Pre-tax Transportation Program
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Travel Emergency Assistance
  • Health Savings Account with a High Deductible Medical Plan
  • Direct Deposit

This information is intended only as a summary of benefits. The Firm reserves the right to change or modify its benefits and policies at any time.

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