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 named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ 2022 list of Notable Black Leaders and Executives, 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.


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


Crain's Chicago Business' 2022 Notable Black Leaders and Executives

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

  • 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