Sierra Elizabeth has a wide-ranging complex commercial litigation practice including toxic torts and other environmental and products liability matters, trade secret, entertainment fee disputes and breach of contract. Sierra has played an integral role on several trial teams and has litigated in both federal and state courts, arbitration hearings, private mediations and negotiations. Sierra also serves as a guest legal correspondent for CNN Headline News.

Recently, The Am Law Litigation Daily highlighted Sierra in their “Litigators of the Week” feature for her complete defense verdict in the second bellwether trial over 3M’s combat earplugs. She was also recognized in 2021 by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in California and by Law360 as a “Rising Star” for her trial work.


Thought Leadership


“The Newest Spectator Sport: Why Extending Victims’ Rights to the Spectator’s Gallery Erodes the Presumption of Innocence,” Duke Law Journal 2008

Press Mentions

Q&A, “How Kirkland partner Sierra Elizabeth balances clients and her own clothing line,” Reuters Legal, April 2, 2021 

Q&A, “Trial Recess: Kirkland's Sierra Elizabeth on Unity Amid Crisis,” Law360, May 4, 2020


Named to Benchmark Litigation's “40 & Under Hot List,” 2021

Named “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily, 2021 

Named to Law360’s list of Top Attorneys Under 40, 2021 

Named among the Daily Journal’s list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California, 2021

Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of Los Angeles' Minority Leaders of Influence and as a Leader of Influence for Litigators & Trial Attorneys, 2021

Named in The National Bar Association's list of 40 Under 40: Nation’s Best Advocates, 2020

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Global Advisory Board

Member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyer’s Association

Member of the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles

Member of the Kirkland Diversity Leadership Planning Committee

Kirkland ALLSA Student Group Liason for USC and UCLA Law

Kirkland African-American Affinity Group Coordinator Los Angeles


Admissions & Qualifications

  • California


  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.cum laude

    Staff Editor, Duke Law Review

    Children and Education Law Clinic

  • Duke Graduate SchoolM.A., Psychology
  • University of MichiganB.A., Psychology; Crime and Justice Minor

    All-American for the women’s track team

    Point guard for the women’s basketball team