Don Hong is a litigation partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. He has extensive experience litigating complex commercial cases in a broad array of subject areas, including antitrust, products liability, class-action defense, consumer fraud, bankruptcy, contractual disputes, securities and government investigations. Don has handled numerous, high-profile matters for clients such as Huntsman, Hess, BASF, Syngenta, Navient, Walmart and Tronox. The American Lawyer has recognized Don as “Litigator of the Week” on a significant victory on behalf of Huntsman.

Don also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has successfully represented death-penalty petitioners in state and federal courts, including a rare Texas ruling vacating a death sentence for ineffective assistance of counsel. Don and his team were recognized as runners-up for The American Lawyer’s “Litigators of the Week” for their rare Texas victory. Don has also represented the American Samoa Government in a landmark case involving the enforceability of American Samoa’s treaties with the United States. His unique role in this case was covered by Reuters Legal.



Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award — 2016–2023

Affinity Group Leader, Asian Affinity Group for Washington, D.C., Office

Member, Summer Committee for Washington D.C., Office

Member, Associates Committee for Washington, D.C., Office

Member, Diversity Committee for Washington, D.C., Office

Memberships & Affiliations

Mentor, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Asian Pacific American Bar Association—DC


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018District of Columbia
  • 2017New York


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.2016
  • University of California, DavisB.A.2011