Yates French is a litigation partner and trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office. Yates represents companies as both Plaintiffs and Defendants in a broad range of commercial, fraud and restructuring disputes.

Most recently, Yates conducted an investigation into potential claims arising from the 2015 spinoff transaction of a publicly traded telecommunications company. Yates also successfully defended iHeart Communications in a $500 million contract dispute. In addition to his experience in civil matters, Yates has experience defending pro bono litigants in criminal actions and appeals.


Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

"Bullied by Government: How the South Shore Chamber of Commerce Resisted Defeat," Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, December 18, 2020 

"Spotlight on Success: How Auburn-Gresham Fought Back and Won," Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, September 29, 2016


Named as a Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily, May 14, 2020


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • University of Minnesota Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2008
  • Marquette UniversityB.A., Philosophycum laude2005