Thomas Kuhns is the senior legal advisor of Kirkland & Ellis. He has lead trial experience in the areas of antitrust, securities, environmental, patent/licensing, business competition, commodities trading, contract, federal banking enforcement and defective product cases. Thomas has jury trial, bench trial and dispositive motion practice in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska; Wilmington, Delaware; Miami and Key West, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Kansas; New Orleans and Franklinton, Louisiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Newark, New Jersey; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rapid City, South Dakota; El Paso and Ft. Worth, Texas; and Alexandria, Virginia.

Thomas is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, teaching a course in "Trial Advocacy, Evidence and Ethics." He is also a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, teaching a course in "Professional Responsibility: Representing Business Corporations." Thomas was recently featured in The American Lawyer article, Cleaning Up The Bogalusa Pink Cloud for his successful litigation wins for Gaylord Container Corp.


Thought Leadership


Speaker at Licensing Executive Society Annual Meeting on Non-Compete Provisions in Employment Agreements

Speaker at Licensing Executive Society Meeting on Most Favored Nations Clauses in Licensing Agreements


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1980Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.1980
    Executive Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
  • Lafayette CollegeB.A.magna cum laude1977