Kevin Van Wart is a partner Kirkland's Chicago office, where he concentrates in complex litigation, including mass tort claims, class action lawsuits, product liability and pharmaceutical claims, and high stakes commercial disputes. Kevin has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in a wide variety of cases throughout the country and teaches trial advocacy at the University of Chicago Law School. The National Law Journal featured Kevin's successful trial work in naming Kirkland to its 2006 "Defense Hot List." Kevin is a member of Kirkland's Litigation Management Committee.



Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort - Defense (2011–2015, 2017–2019) and Environment: Litigation (2017–2023)

Named a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2012–2023)

Recognized by Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation (2013–2022, 2024)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1982Illinois
  • 2020Massachusetts


  • Boston University School of LawJ.D.1982
  • Ohio Wesleyan UniversityB.A.1976