Anna G. Rotman leads the litigation practice in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Anna has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state courts, federal courts, and arbitrations throughout the United States. She has accumulated significant first-chair trial experience in business disputes, representing both large and small companies, and in restructuring-related litigation, representing both debtors and creditors. Chambers reports her “growing reputation in the market, with one source describing her as an ‘exceptional advocate’” and notes that “clients value her ‘well-reasoned and extremely practical advice.’” A Texas Lawyer “Women in Energy,” Anna has played a leading role in hallmark cases shaping the energy industry in recent years. In 2018, Law360 named her to its list of “10 Influential Women in Energy.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Anna has been honored as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 100 Trial Attorneys” in the country and as one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation.” She has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for her work in antitrust litigation. Anna clerked for the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis on the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.

Anna is an active leader in the legal community, serving as the President of the Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas and of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Houston. She is also an appointed member of the Local Rules Committee for the Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court. Within Kirkland, Anna leads the Women’s Leadership Initiative in the Houston office and serves on the firmwide Administration Committee, Associate and Partner Compensation Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Special Fee Arrangements Committee.


Thought Leadership


“7 Concepts Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know About Bankruptcy,” The Texas Lawyer, June 8, 2016

“7 Antitrust Concepts that Every Lawyer and Business Person Should Know,” The Texas Lawyer, October 13, 2015

“Nonparty Discovery in Texas: An Overview For Practitioners,” The State Bar of Texas, 38th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (co-author), 2015

“How to Prepare Your Executives to Testify,” The Texas Lawyer, August 3, 2015 (co-author)

“6 Tips for Leveraging Gender Stereotypes in Negotiations,” The Texas Lawyer, April 6, 2015 (co-author)

“Fifth Circuit Cracks Open the Courthouse Doors to Decide ‘Arbitrability’,” The Texas Lawyer, February 2, 2015 (co-author)

“Ending the Tendency to Over-Preserve ESI,” The Texas Lawyer, October 27, 2014 (co-author)

“Update of Federal Courts and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” The State Bar of Texas, 37th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (co-author), 2014

“Preserving Privilege When In-House Counsel Wear Multiple Hats,” The Texas Lawyer, July 14, 2014

“Lucky 13: A Baker’s Dozen of Tips for Stopping a Departed Employee from Using Protected Company Info,” The Texas Lawyer, April 14, 2014

“Cringe-worthy: 8 Tips to Prevent Embarrassing Emails,” The Texas Lawyer, February 17, 2014


“Making Effective Use of Expert Witnesses,” CLE panelist, Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, May 11, 2018

“Can We Be Better? It’s a Two-Way Street,” CLE panelist, Southern District of Texas Houston/Galveston Bench-Bar Conference, November 3, 2017

“Legal Strategies to Protect Your Trade Secrets,” CLE presentation to National Oilwell Varco, August 24, 2017, and Association of Corporate Counsel, May 24, 2017

“When and How to Ask for Business,” Moderator, Women In Law Empowerment Forum, June, 29, 2017

“Network of Women,” Panelist, Turnaround Management Association, Houston Chapter, April 26, 2017

“Protecting Privilege When In-House Counsel Wears Two Hats,” CLE presentation to Exxon Mobil legal department, February 7, 2017

“Women in the Law: A Panel Discussion from Across the Practice,” Moderator, Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas, June 23, 2016

“Leveraging Gender Stereotypes in Negotiations”, Keynote address at Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference, June 7, 2016

“Approaching Gender Differences in Negotiations”, presentation to Texas Wall Street Women, May 17, 2016, and Association of Women Attorneys, Houston, May 28, 2014

“Gathering Agreements - Nuts and Bolts,” CLE presentation to BHP Billiton, Houston, April 14, 2016

“Competition Law,” presentation to General Electric Oil & Gas, February 5, 2014

“Written Discovery: Strategies and Tactics,” CLE presented to HewlettPackard legal department, September 10, 2013


Ranked for Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources – Texas, Chambers USA, 2019

Recognized for Commercial Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, 2019

“10 Influential Women in Energy Law” Law360, 2018

Ranked for General Commercial Litigation – Texas, Chambers USA, 2018

“Top 100 Trial Lawyers” Benchmark Litigation, 2017–2020

“Top 250 Women in Litigation” Benchmark Litigation, 2016–2020

“Women in Energy,” Texas Lawyer, 2016

“Texas Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2013–present

Texas Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2010, 2012–2013

Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award, Texas Civil Rights Project, 2011

Memberships & Affiliations

Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas National Delegate, Immediate Past - President

Harvard Law School Association of Houston, President

Local Rules Committee for the Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court

Women In Law Empowerment Forum, Global Advisory Board

Association of Women Attorneys, Former Foundation Trustee

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Texas


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2004
  • Georgetown UniversityB.S., School of Foreign Servicemagna cum laude1998
  • Institut d'Études Politiques de ParisHonors Diploma1996–1997