Eric White is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and internal investigations. He has broad experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of industries, including environmental, technology, food and beverage, private equity, higher education, retail and insurance. He has successfully represented clients in all aspects of state and federal litigation, including complex eDiscovery, motion practice, fact and expert depositions, and bench and jury trials. He also leads and counsels clients in sensitive internal investigations which have included allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, and employee misconduct.

Eric draws upon his experience as a sixth grade teacher in a low-performing urban school during all aspects of his legal work — from making complex concepts easily understandable for jurors and stakeholders, to zealously advocating for his clients in negotiations, to leaning into highly-charged environments with grit and empathy. 


Thought Leadership


“Litigation Lessons I Learned From Teaching Sixth Grade,” Bloomberg Law, March 3, 2022

Press Mentions

“How Kirkland & Ellis Contributed 5,000-Plus Hours to an Investigation Into Discriminatory Policing in Minneapolis,” The American Lawyer Litigation Daily, April 28, 2022


University of Florida Hall of Fame Inductee

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow

Memberships & Affiliations

Director, Lakeview Pantry Board of Directors

Member, Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board

Member, Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana Leadership Circle

Former Member, Chicago Committee Associate Board


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2012

    Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

    Senior Law Student, Children and Family Justice Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic

  • University of FloridaB.A., Political Sciencecum laude2007

    Competitor, Speech and Debate Team

    Producer, Gator Growl

    Inductee, Florida Blue Key