We are an international law firm that serves a broad range of clients around the world in private equity, M&A and other corporate transactions, litigation, white collar and government disputes, restructurings and intellectual property matters. We offer the highest quality legal advice coupled with extraordinary, tailored service to deliver exceptional results to our clients and help their businesses succeed. We invest in the brightest legal talent and build dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their respective areas. And we believe in empowering our lawyers, encouraging entrepreneurialism, operating ethically and with integrity, and collaborating to bring our best to every engagement. These principles have guided us in building successful long-term partnerships with clients since our founding in 1909.


Transactional: Our lawyers negotiate and close highly sophisticated transactions, representing public and private companies and private equity investors across a broad range of complex engagements.

Litigation: Our trial lawyers represent companies involved in business-critical lawsuits. We offer a deep bench of lawyers who have been taking cases to verdict since the early stages of their careers. Our trial-ready approach often yields better outcomes in disputes long before trial. We also regularly represent companies and boards in white collar and government-facing litigation, where substantial financial and reputational interests are at stake.

Intellectual Property: Clients benefit from our critical mass of lawyers who are trained in a variety of technical disciplines with experience in litigation, transactions and counseling matters involving all areas of intellectual property.

Restructuring: Our restructuring lawyers navigate clients through the turmoil of situations involving financially troubled companies, with a powerful combination of sophisticated business advisory and crisis management and extensive experience in U.S., UK and international insolvency matters.

Who We Are

Our lawyers around the world work together in multidisciplinary teams to provide full-service capabilities to clients on their most complex legal matters. We have no headquarters location and operate as an integrated whole, with a culture that encourages and draws strength from the diversity of our employees' backgrounds, knowledge and skills, and supports the wellbeing of our employees. Our open assignment system allows each attorney to choose the practice areas and matters on which they work. This entrepreneurial approach yields higher levels of commitment and morale, yielding better results for clients.

Investing in Justice and Our Communities

We are committed to advancing the communities in which we live and work, and we dedicate substantial energy, talent and resources to meaningful causes and initiatives that reflect our values and vision. For us, it’s simple. We have a responsibility to make a difference and to help our communities succeed.

Video Highlight

For the tenth year in a row, The American Lawyer named Kirkland & Ellis to its A-List in 2022. The annual list aims to identify the most well-rounded law firms based on a measure of their success in five areas: revenue per lawyer (RPL), pro bono, diversity, associate satisfaction and the percentage of women equity partners.