Hariklia Karis is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis with extensive experience in jury and bench trial, arbitration and appellate, product liability, insurance coverage, and construction law litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Hariklia’s successful defense of General Motors Corporation was chosen as one of the top defense wins by The National Law Journal. She was also recently recognized as a Lead Female Trial Lawyer for her work in large exposure civil litigation. In 2018, she was named to Crain’s list of Most Notable Women Lawyers. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches “Trial Advocacy.”

Hariklia has managed and tried massive disaster litigation cases for clients, in which substantial reputational and financial exposure is at risk. She served as lead trial counsel for BP in the litigation arising from the “Deepwater Horizon” oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in several regulatory agency and government investigations that resulted in numerous nationally televised and highly publicized trials. She also serves as trial counsel for General Motors in state and federal cases arising out of the company’s voluntary recalls related to ignition switches and other safety issues.

Principal Practice Areas

Trial and appellate experience in commercial litigation, product liability, insurance coverage and construction law disputes.

Jury trial, bench trial and arbitration experience in state and federal courts in:

Illinois Minnesota
Michigan Louisiana
California Pennsylvania
New York Missouri
Florida Other jurisdictions


Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

Quoted in “A Key to Training Up New Trial Lawyers: Pass On the Opportunities When You Can,” The Am Law Litigation Daily, March 24, 2022


Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, 2023

Recognized by Law360 as a Trial Lawyer MVP, 2022

Recognized in The American Lawyer’s “Midwest Trailblazers” list, 2022 

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

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for:

  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products (including Tobacco), 2022 
  • Construction Litigation (including Construction Litigation), 2020–2021
  • General Commercial Disputes, 2017–2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Northwestern College of Law Adjunct Professor

Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy

Hellenic Bar Association: President


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995Illinois


  • English
  • Greek


  • DePaul University College of LawJ.D.with High Honors and Distinction1995

    Dean’s List

    Order of the Coif

    Notes and Comments Editor, DePaul Law Review

  • Loyola University ChicagoB.A.magna cum laude1990

    Awarded Wall Street Journal Scholarship for highest G.P.A. (4.0) in Finance Department