Kelli Mulder is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class and collective action lawsuits and mass tort and products liability litigation. She has extensive litigation experience in cases presenting novel questions of law and involving complicated factual disputes. Kelli's practice covers shareholder disputes, breaches of contract, business torts, mass torts, data breaches, healthcare, and employment discrimination. Kelli’s experience also includes antitrust and competition matters, government and internal investigations, bankruptcy litigation, and regulatory proceedings. Additionally, Kelli maintains an active pro bono practice.


Thought Leadership


Note, "Waiting for the Justice League: Motivating Child Welfare Agencies to Save Children," Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 88, 523 (2012).

O. Carter Snead and K. Mulder-Westrate, "Autonomy and Individual Responsibility," Handbook of Global Bioethics, 75–83 (Henk ten Have & Bert Gordijn, eds., 2014).


Speaker, "Recent Developments in Ethics in the Seventh Circuit," Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter (June 2015).


Recipient, Pro Bono Service Award (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the Appellate Lawyers Association

Member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Member of the Federalist Society


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2013

    Executive Managing Editor, Notre Dame Law Review

    Dean’s Circle Fellow

    Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Program of Study in Law, Ethics, and Public Policy

    American Bar Association-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law

  • Calvin CollegeB.A., Englishwith Honors2003
    National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Recipient