Eric White is a trial and litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, mass tort, and internal investigations. He has broad experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of industries, including energy, pharmaceutical, technology, food and beverage, private equity, higher education, and health 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 has also represented numerous pro bono clients, including the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in their investigation of race-based policing practices of the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
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.
Recently, Eric was recognized as one of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association’s 2022 40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40, and was named in the National Bar Association’s 2022 list of 40 Under 40: Nation’s Best Advocates.
“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
National LGBTQ+ Bar Association’s 2022 40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40
National Bar Association’s 2022 40 Under 40: Nation’s Best Advocates
Mindr 2022 Pride Pioneer
University of Florida Hall of Fame Inductee
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow
Memberships & Affiliations
Director, Nourishing Hope Board of Directors
Member, Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board
Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Former Member, Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana Auxiliary Board and Leadership Circle
Former Member, Chicago Committee For Minorities in Large Law Firms Associate Board
Admissions & Qualifications
- 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