Overview

Atif Khawaja has broad experience litigating high-stakes disputes. He has successfully tried matters before courts and arbitration panels across the country, involving claims of antitrust, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, patent infringement, trade secret theft, unfair competition, and other complex matters. He has an active international practice and regularly represents global and U.S.-based Fortune 100 companies as well as prominent financial institutions and privately-held companies facing major U.S. litigation.

The New York Law Journal named Atif one of the top 42 New York City attorneys under the age of 40. He was named one of the top eleven attorneys nationwide under 40 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and one of five national “Rising Stars” in intellectual property by Law360. Atif was also named to Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Nation’s Best list.

Atif co-chairs Kirkland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and sits on its Recruiting and Associate and Partner Review committees. He oversees the pro bono program for Kirkland’s New York office and serves on the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of legal aid to the poor.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

“Kirkland Teaches Associates Deposition Skills Through Practice, Preparation,” Bloomberg BNA, May 30, 2019

“Discovery Process, Costs Can Confuse Foreign Companies Caught in U.S. Litigation,” Bloomberg BNA, March 12, 2019

“Can Your Overseas Company Be Taken to U.S. Court?” Bloomberg BNA, March 4, 2019

“Supreme Court's Decision in 'BMS' Presents New Hurdles to Forum Shoppers,” New York Law Journal, December 18, 2017

“An Ounce of Prevention: Accidental Destruction of ESI Is Serious Business,” New York Law Journal, February 17, 2017

Recognition

Recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2020

Director, The Legal Aid Society, 2018–present

Named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal, 2016

Named a “Rising Star” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2017

Named one of five “Rising Stars” in Intellectual Property, Law360, 2017

Named to Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Nation’s Best list, 2019

Steering Committee, The American Lawyer New Partner Forum

Recipient, Multicultural Leadership Award, National Diversity Council, 2014

Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2015

Recipient, Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2006–19

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2003New York

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • Boston University School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2002
    Boston University Law Review, Topic & Book Review Editor
  • University of VirginiaB.A., Biology & Religious Studies1999