Kirkland's oldest and largest office is in Chicago. The office was founded in 1909 by two young attorneys. Today, Kirkland's Chicago office has expanded to approximately 600 lawyers who provide a full spectrum of litigation, corporate, real estate, intellectual property, restructuring, tax, benefits and estates services.
The Chicago office houses a litigation department with broad capabilities, adept at handling a diverse mix of commercial litigation. Kirkland's Chicago litigators have extensive trial experience. The practice routinely handles matters in accountant liability, antitrust and competition, class actions, construction, ERISA/benefits, environmental, franchise and distribution, insurance coverage, international arbitration and ADR, labor and employment, product liability, white collar criminal defense, and securities and shareholder litigation.
The Chicago corporate practice provides a full spectrum of corporate transactions important to business in the United States and abroad. Our clients — both public and private — cut across every major industry. The practice is equipped to provide legal services in the areas of private equity and fund formations, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, debt finance, asset finance and securitization, and investment management.
Members of the Chicago real estate team pursue an interdisciplinary approach to sophisticated real estate transactions in the commercial real estate industry. Kirkland's real estate lawyers regularly advise clients in connection with private equity fund investments and formations; single asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions; management, lease and related operational issues; secured lending transactions; and finance and workouts.
The Chicago intellectual property practice has been an integral part of Kirkland since 1925. Kirkland's lawyers regularly conduct trials of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and disputes concerning employment and non-compete agreements, and they have won patent jury cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. A number of our Chicago intellectual property lawyers concentrate on domestic and international business transactions that are driven by the acquisition, use or divestiture of rights in technology, trademarks and other intellectual property. Such transactions include joint ventures and strategic alliances, outsourcing, product development, contract manufacturing, franchising, licensing and distribution arrangements across a broad spectrum of technologies.
Kirkland's Chicago restructuring lawyers provide a broad range of business advisory and crisis management skills to clients facing situations involving financially troubled companies. The group regularly serves national and international clients including debtors, financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, insurance companies, bondholders, lessors, investors, and boards of creditors' and equity committees in complex corporate restructuring, workout and bankruptcy planning, negotiation and litigation.
The Chicago tax practice provides its clients with creative and efficient tax planning in connection with domestic and foreign mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, international restructurings, bankruptcy reorganizations, financings, executive compensation plans, and other sophisticated transactions. The group also partners with a diverse group of clients to achieve successful results in complex tax litigation cases, including challenges by the Internal Revenue Service and foreign and state tax authorities.
The Chicago office's employee benefits lawyers provide traditional employee benefits counseling and develop creative approaches to complex problems arising in transactional, post-transactional and restructuring settings. The group provides counsel on qualified and non-qualified employee benefit plans and has considerable experience advising clients and representing them before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Trusts & Estates
Lawyers practicing in the Chicago trusts and estates group represent families and individuals regarding the preservation, management and transfer of wealth. They advise individual and corporate fiduciaries in connection with the planning and administration of substantial and complex trusts and estates, as well as counsel public and private charities with respect to formation, tax and corporate compliance.
Efficient Delivery of Services
As an integrated part of a firm with approximately 1,700 lawyers, Kirkland's Chicago office can commit the full resources of an international firm to any matter, as appropriate. Our offices are networked, and in many instances our network is also linked to those of our clients. The Chicago office reflects Kirkland's noted history of handling legally and technically complex transactions and disputes with dispatch and efficiency. Additionally, due to lean staffing, appropriate reliance on technology and close client relationships, Kirkland is known worldwide for its ability to deliver cost-effective services of the highest quality.
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