Madeleine Xu is a litigation associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Madeleine was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where her practice focused on commercial litigation matters and white collar investigations. She was also a summer associate at Susman Godfrey LLP.


Thought Leadership


Author, “Form, Substance, and Rule 23: The Applicability of the Federal Rules of Evidence to Class Certification,” N.Y.U. Law Review, 2020


2021 Pro Publica Award, Legal Aid Society


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021New York


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2020

    Order of the Coif

    Weinfeld Prize for Scholarship in Procedure and the Courts

    Florence Allen Scholar

    Chesler Litigation Scholar

    Best Advocate and Best Brief, 47th Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition

    Articles Editor, N.Y.U. Law Review

  • Tufts UniversityB.S., Biology & Psychology2015