Christina Sharkey is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on complex commercial, product liability, and mass tort litigation in federal and state courts. Christina has also represented clients in intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, employment, False Claims Act, and contract disputes. Christina has litigated cases for some of the nation’s largest companies, including General Motors, IBM, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Because of her interest and education in the life sciences, Christina particularly enjoys working on technical issues in cases that have a scientific niche.

Christina’s experience covers all stages of litigation. In addition to guiding pleadings, fact and expert discovery, and motion practice, Christina has extensive experience with trial preparation and practice. Christina was a member of the team that tried numerous federal and state trials on behalf of General Motors in connection with its Ignition Switch Recalls, each of which resulted in complete defense verdicts. Christina was also part of the winning trial team representing AbbVie in a multidistrict litigation trial related to its low-testosterone therapy. Currently, Christina represents JUUL Labs, Inc. in nationwide litigation involving product liability and marketing claims.

Christina also has a strong pro bono practice. She has represented women seeking orders of protection due to domestic abuse and inmates within the Illinois Department of Corrections seeking relief for injuries they suffered while incarcerated. For example, Christina represented an inmate claiming he developed glaucoma as a result of prison staff’s deliberate indifference, and Christina currently represents a former female inmate claiming she was sexually assaulted by prison staff while incarcerated.


Thought Leadership


Christina Sharkey, Note, Strategic Assertions: Evading the Patent Marking Requirement, 12 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 103 (2014).


Thomas A. Gottschalk Pro Bono Partner of the Year, Kirkland & Ellis, 2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014, Illinois
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.

    cum laude


    Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern University Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property

  • Pennsylvania State UniversityB.S., Biology, Spanish, & International Studies2010