Capability: World-Scale Matters


They look at all the angles and are always available to address pressing concerns.” - Chambers USA, 2022


In an instant, a critical event or issue captures the world’s attention, isolating scrutiny upon a single company. The momentum of these “world-scale” matters can overwhelm the facts, multiply risks and exposure, and paralyze decision makers. Companies in this spotlight require a firm with the unique skill set and broad resources to stabilize the situation, identify the simultaneous risks, and develop and execute the long-term strategy necessary to move forward.

No firm has handled as many recent world-scale matters as Kirkland. Our attorneys have been in these trenches with clients when time, and the right team, is of the essence. Kirkland marshals lawyers with top-of-the-market capabilities from across our global platform, working parallel critical paths on short notice. In the face of massive uncertainty, we know what and who it takes, and can provide clarity as to pitfalls and best practices from day one.

Coordination is also paramount in a crisis. Kirkland excels here not just due to our talent in handling some of the largest investigations, criminal matters and civil proceedings in history, but also our ability to combine that experience into collaborative, cohesive advice. When facing exposure in multiple places, with overlapping or inconsistent procedures, deadlines, and scrutiny, Kirkland’s experience, infrastructure, and deep bench allows clients to defend their interests not just for the crisis of the day, but for long run, until the job is done. Simply put, in these hardest of challenges, Kirkland proves why it consistently ranks as one of the world’s top litigation firms.

Global Litigation Top 50

The Lawyer, 2012–2022

The Fearsome Foursome: The Most Feared Firms in Litigation

Litigation Outlook, BTI, 2013–2023

2021 Litigation Department of the Year

The American Lawyer, 2021