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, Teva, Ranbaxy 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, 2017, 2018

Affinity Group Leader, Asian Affinity Group 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

    Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

  • University of California, DavisB.A., Political Science & International Relations2011

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