Mark and the Kirkland team out-lawyered, out-argued and out-shined the other attorneys, hands down. - Senior Counsel, Baxter Healthcare

Mark Premo-Hopkins is a litigation partner and trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office. He represents companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of business disputes. Mark recently co-led and won a trial in Delaware state court, where the jury awarded $82 million to a private equity client based on defendants’ fraud in the sale of a clinical trial software business. The American Lawyer selected Mark and his partner as Litigator of the Week based on the win.

Mark also served as trial counsel for AbbVie in its successful pursuit of injunctive relief against a former employee that secretly joined a start-up company working on a competing drug. Mark went to trial for Baxter Healthcare in its successful defense of a $400 million breach of contract suit, obtaining significant wins at summary judgment and a favorable post-trial settlement.

Mark has deep experience on behalf of private equity clients and their portfolio companies and in the healthcare/pharma industry. His clients benefit from the unique perspective and strategic insights he gained during four years as a successful plaintiff’s attorney in Colorado.

When he’s not trying cases, Mark is an avid golfer and loves working with kids. He coaches youth sports for his local Park District.



“40 & Under Hot List” — Benchmark Litigation, 2020

Litigator of the Week — Litigation Daily, June 2019

“40 Under 40” — Chicago Lawyer and The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2018

Illinois Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2017–2020

Colorado Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 20142015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Illinois
  • 2012Colorado


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


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2007

    Editor-in-Chief, University of Chicago Legal Forum

    Donald E. Egan Scholarship

    Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award

  • University of AlabamaB.A., Religious Studiesmagna cum laude2003