Justin A. Barker is of counsel in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, he as a wide array of litigation experience including complex commercial litigation, trade secret misappropriation litigation, contract disputes, bankruptcy litigation, products liability, toxic tort, purchase price earn-out disputes, employment litigation, fraudulent transfer litigation and internal investigations. A significant portion of Justin's practice is conducted within the context of Kirkland's risk sharing fee program, a program designed to allow creative alternative billing arrangements including contingent fee, flat fee, discounts and bonus arrangements.


Thought Leadership


“A New Path to Law Firm Profitability – Contingency Fee Litigation,” Bloomberg Law, May 3, 2019


"Justin Barker & Steven Nachtwey on Litigation Finance," Technically Legal, Episode 24, September 3, 2019


Trial Lawyer Excellence Award, Jury Verdict Reporter — Law Bulletin Media

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2001Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2001
    Order of the Coif
  • Brigham Young UniversityB.A.1998