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 multi-district litigation. Kelli’s practice also covers employment and other types of discrimination, data breaches, business torts, and private equity litigation. Kelli’s experience 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

Co-Author with O. Carter Snead & 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)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the Chicago Bar Association

Member of the Appellate Lawyers Association

Member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Illinois
  • 2020Michigan


  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • 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 UniversityB.A., Englishwith Honors2003
    National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Recipient