Barack Echols is a partner in Kirkland's Chicago office. Barack concentrates his practice in the areas of antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and has broad experience in class action defense, bankruptcy-related litigation, arbitration and responding to government investigations into claims of anticompetitive practices and consumer fraud. Barack has represented corporate clients in arbitration and in federal and state courts throughout the United States in direct- and indirect-purchaser price-fixing class actions, merger litigation, price-discrimination suits, consumer fraud matters and contract disputes.

Barack was recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2014, with clients noting he is a "terrific lawyer" who is "making a name as a 'sharp' practitioner." He has been selected as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" in Antitrust by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2013. Barack was also named one of Savoy Magazine's 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers, a list of the "best of the best" of black partners within leading national law firms and counsel from Fortune 1000 corporations.



Elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2013 Fellow

American Bar Foundation Conference of the Research Group on Legal Diversity, Commentator, 2012 and 2013

Panelist, “So You Want To Be a Lawyer,” Just the Beginning Foundation, 2012 Conference

Recipient, 2010 Kirkland & Ellis Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award

Guest Lecturer, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Corporate Antitrust Seminar, 2007

Vice-Chair, Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2007

Guest Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, Trial Advocacy Seminar, 2007 and 2006

U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Soldier of the Year, 1990

Media Mentions

The Legal 500 United States: 2018 and 2020
Recognized for Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense

Chambers USA: every year since 2014
Listed as a Leading Lawyer for Business

Super Lawyers: every year since 2013
Listed as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" in Antitrust Litigation

Mentors Helping to Nurture Next Professional Generation
NBC5 Chicago, March 2006

The Color of Money
Minority Law Journal, Fall 2005

Big Suits: Holiday Wholesale Grocery, et al. v. Philip Morris et al.
The American Lawyer, September 2002

Memberships & Affiliations

Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Member, Advisory Board of Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)

Member, Advisory Committee on Seventh Circuit Rules

Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Scholars

Barrister, Chicago Inn of Court

Member, Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association, Sections of Antitrust and Litigation

Sponsor and mentor of high-school student - Link Unlimited


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.

    with Honors


    Hinton Moot Court Board

    Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and Oral Argument

  • University of ChicagoM.A., Social Sciences1994
  • University of ChicagoB.A., Political Sciencewith Honors1994