Jim Gillespie joined Kirkland in 1991 and has been a partner since 1994.

Jim has acted as lead trial and appellate counsel in a wide variety of complex commercial and class action litigation matters. The subject matter of these cases has included corporate governance & shareholder litigation, consumer class actions, insurance coverage disputes, ERISA, RICO, antitrust and securities.

Representative Clients

ABB AG, Abbott Laboratories, AOL, Bayer, BP/Amoco, Constellation Energy Group, Exelon Corporation, General Motors, Golden Gate Capital, Hershey Foods, Knights of Columbus, Macquarie Infrastructure Funds, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, Pyramid Companies, Raytheon Company, S. C. Johnson, Shell Oil, Siemens AG, Sun Capital Partners, Inc., The Boeing Company, Thrivent Financial, Time Warner, Verizon Communications, Wal-Mart Stores, and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation.



Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Commercial Litigation, 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1991District of Columbia
  • 1990New York


  • Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.1988
    Editor, Notre Dame Law Review, 1987–1988
  • Grinnell CollegeB.A.1985