Practice & Accolades

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Kirkland is widely recognized as one of the world's leading law firms. While there are many things that set Kirkland apart from other firms, the key to our success has always been our unparalleled commitment to the recruitment, training and retention of the nation's best legal talent. Our free-market 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 success in all of our core practices:

Litigation
Our trial lawyers are tenacious advocates. Our success rate at trial is among the best, despite handling some of the most challenging litigation cases in history.

Corporate
Our lawyers are at the center of negotiating some of the most difficult and important deals around the world. Our attorneys don't just understand the market — they often "move the market" with innovative solutions.

Intellectual Property
We have one of the most respected intellectual property litigation practices in the country. It has been an integral part of the Firm since 1925.

Restructuring
We represent some of the world's largest companies facing high-profile, complicated, contested restructuring matters.

Read testimonials from members of our team to learn more about what it is like to be a Kirkland lawyer.

Recent Accolades

  • Corporate Control Alert ranked Kirkland #1 by number of total deals with a value of $100 million or more from January 1 - December 31, 2013. The Firm represented clients in 89 deals.

  • In 2014, The American Lawyer recognized Kirkland as "one of the most decorated law firms" in its biennial "Litigation Department of the Year" survey.

  • The BTI Consulting Group recognized Kirkland as having one of the country's strongest law firm brands in its latest report, "2014 BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms."

  • Kirkland was awarded national "General Commercial Firm of the Year" at the second annual Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards.

  • Kirkland was named "High Yield Team of the Year" at the 15th annual IFLR Europe Awards.

  • Kirkland was named "Private Equity Group of the Year" three years in a row – from 2012 to 2014 – by Law360.

  • #1 Law Firm in Global & U.S. Buyouts by Value and Deal Count – Mergermarket's League Tables of Legal Advisers to M&A for Year End 2013.

  • Ranked #1 as principal counsel by volume of deals in the category of "Mergers & Acquisitions" in The American Lawyer's annual survey, "Corporate Scorecard."

  • Tier 1 Restructuring/Insolvency – IFLR1000, 2006-2014.

  • In 2014, Kirkland was recognized as a "Bankruptcy Group of the Year" in Law360.

  • Tier 1 ranking in Bankruptcy/Restructuring for seven consecutive years – Chambers Global and Chambers USA.

  • Kirkland was named as a leading intellectual property law firm in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's 2014 World IP Survey.

Key Points About Kirkland

  • Our principal goal is to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere.

  • We never hesitate to turn over responsibility to junior lawyers, and we encourage them to seek leadership opportunities early in their careers.

  • We are a firm of leaders and self-starters.

  • We are a high-energy firm. We offer clients a strong bench of attorneys who are results-driven and high-performing.

  • We are recognized as an industry leader in each of our core practice areas.

  • We are problem solvers.

  • Our lawyers work in seamless teams — across geography and practice areas — to provide innovative solutions to clients.

  • We represent blue-chip clients in matters of material importance anywhere and anytime.

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