Career Stories

Attorneys from across our U.S. offices share their experience working at Kirkland. Hear firsthand about the culture, early opportunities for real work, training and initiatives that drew them – and keep them – here.
  • Rebecca Blake Chaikin

    Rebecca Blake Chaikin

    Partner New York
    The learning curve is incredibly steep, but in the best possible way… You can take as much responsibility as you want. You do have to earn it — and then you can take it.
  • Yungmoon Chang Profile

    Yungmoon Chang

    Associate Los Angeles
    Our in-house training provides the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry, which in turn enables us to benefit from early courtroom experience.
  • Kyle Elder Profile

    Kyle Elder

    Partner Chicago
    Early in my career, I’ve led transactions valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. I thought it would be 10 to 15 years before I’d have the opportunity to do that. If you show you can handle it, the Firm lets you run with it.
  • Kevin Lam Profile

    Kevin Lam

    Partner New York
    The attorneys here have an incredible drive, and people truly enjoy their work. You can’t help but share in their enthusiasm when you see people so immersed in what they do.
  • Erika López

    Erika López

    Partner Chicago
    You feel that you’re in the middle of something that is booming and that you’re part of a community.
  • Eva Mak Profile

    Eva Mak

    Associate Palo Alto
    I ran my first deal, a middle-market leveraged buyout, at the end of my first year. That’s not something that I would have expected to do so early on.
  • Sara-Ashley Moreno

    Sara-Ashley Moreno

    Partner Houston
    I’ve had the opportunity not only to be the point of contact for assistant general counsels or corporate secretaries, but I’ve also been the point of contact for CEOs and CFOs.
  • Ashley Neglia

    Ashley Neglia

    Partner Los Angeles
    There is a lot of collaboration between partners and associates. It’s an exciting and dynamic environment with countless opportunities for early responsibility.
  • Angela Oldham Profile

    Angela Oldham

    Associate Chicago
    I am valued here, my opinion matters, and I work with people who are invested in my growth.
  • Christina Sharkey Profile

    Christina Sharkey

    Partner Chicago
    The Firm’s superb reputation has been built by the scores of lawyers that have practiced here. Associates at Kirkland have the great benefit of standing on the shoulders of giants.