Overview

Atif Khawaja litigates high-stakes disputes. He has successfully tried complex commercial cases across the country, including claims of antitrust, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, patent infringement, trade secret theft, and unfair competition. He has an active international practice and regularly handles major domestic litigation for prominent businesses based outside the U.S. His matters frequently garner press attention and have been covered by The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been recognized as one of the top young litigators in the country by Benchmark Litigation, Law360, the New York Law Journal, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and his successes have been profiled by The American Lawyer.

Atif co-chairs Kirkland’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and sits on its Associate and Partner Review committees. He is committed to pro bono service and oversees the pro bono program in Kirkland’s New York office. He also volunteers as a Director 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

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

Named one of eleven national “Rising Stars” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2017

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

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

Recipient, Multicultural Leadership Award, National Diversity Council, 2014

Recipient, Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2006–2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Director, The Legal Aid Society, 2018–Present

Steering Committee, The American Lawyer, New Partner Forum

Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2015

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