Madelyn Morris is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes lawsuits and arbitrations.

Madelyn works on a range of complex litigation matters, including securities, M&A, and general business disputes. Her work involves counseling public and portfolio companies on issues of corporate governance, litigation, and transaction-related litigation exposure, as well as representing financial services firms in transaction-related disputes. Madelyn has also advised boards of directors and officers on mitigating and managing reputational risks, including conducting highly sensitive investigations related to workplace compliance and employment issues.

Madelyn is a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee and is actively involved in pro bono matters related to criminal justice and voting rights.


Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

"Grubhub Looks To Toss Investors' Claims That Execs Hid Info," Law360, November 12, 2020


Author, "Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Ban on Noncompete Agreements," Kirkland Alert, January 6, 2023

Co-author, "Counsel's Table Should Mirror Real-Life Diversity," New York Law Journal, November 11, 2016


Recognized in "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Commercial Litigation, 2021–2022

'Litigator of the Week,' The American Lawyer's Litigation Daily, October 2020 

Runner-up for 'Litigator of the Week,' The American Lawyer's Litigation Daily, September 2020 

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2014–2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2022Illinois
  • 2014New York


  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2014

    Order of the Coif

    Jacob Burns Medalist

    Deans Merit Scholarship

    Associate Editor, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution

  • Brown UniversityB.A., Historywith Honors2008
    UTRA Fellowship for Research on U.S. Civil War Prize Law, Sequestration and Naturalization