Philip Cooper is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Phil provides critical briefing and strategy in complex cases at every stage of litigation, from pre-suit analysis through appeal. He joined Kirkland after clerking on the U.S. Supreme Court and two Federal Courts of Appeals. Phil’s practice spans federal and state courts of every level and covers a broad array of subjects ranging from the False Claims Act to insurance to the First Amendment.


Thought Leadership


"Changed Countries, Changed Circumstances: Reopening Removal Proceedings Under 8 U.S.C. § 1229a," 83 U. Chi. L. Rev. 2071, 2016


Highest Score on the July 2017 Texas Bar Examination


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2019Illinois
  • 2017Texas


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with High Honors2017

    Kirkland & Ellis Scholar

    Order of the Coif

    Topic Access and Recruitment Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

  • University of MinnesotaB.A., History & Englishsumma cum laude2014