a very practical lawyer" who "will fight the fight in a persuasive and compelling way" - Chambers

Dan Laytin is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. His practice is principally concentrated in the areas of antitrust and other complex litigation.

Dan has been recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner by Chambers every year from 2006 to 2022; by The Legal 500 U.S. for antitrust in 2007, 2010, 2012–2014, 2016–2022, and for appellate: supreme court in 2017; and by The Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers® from 2013 to 2023. In 2018, Dan was named one of The National Law Journal’s “Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazers.” He was also named as one of only five Rising Stars in the area of antitrust by Law360 in 2013 for his significant accomplishments as an attorney under the age of 40. From 2019–2022, Benchmark Litigation named Dan a Local Litigation Star for Antitrust.



Recognized in “Notable Litigators & Trial Attorneys” by Crain’s Chicago Business, 2023

Recognized as “Elite,” Illinois by Global Competition Review 100, 2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1998Illinois


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude1998

    Order of the Coif

    Michigan Law Review

  • University of MichiganA.B., Economics

    with High Honors


    Phi Beta Kappa

    Thesis: "Innocent Until Proven Rational: Predatory Pricing Claims in Matsushita v. Zenith."