Stefan Atkinson is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s New York office.

Stefan has worked on a range of complex litigation matters in the United States and abroad, including securities suits, M&A litigation and antitrust actions. He also regularly counsels companies and their directors on issues of corporate governance and litigation, often in connection with major strategic transactions. His clients have included Barnes & Noble, H.J. Heinz, Mylan, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Starwood Hotels, The Williams Companies and Xerox.


Thought Leadership


"Choose Wisely — Drafting Governing Law and Forum Selection Clauses," Kirkland M&A Update, April 8, 2019


Recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer for M&A Litigation: Defense by The Legal 500 United States, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2009

    Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship (highest honor at graduation) 

    Managing Editor, Michigan Law Review

    Class Speaker

    Order of the Coif

  • Harvard UniversityA.B.cum laude2003

    Captain, Harvard Rugby Football Club

    President, Hasty Pudding Theatricals