Mike Zolfo is a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice involves all aspects of litigation, including restructuring litigation, from pre-litigation advising through trial and appeal. He has extensive experience in product liability matters, as well as complex commercial litigation involving breach of contract, consumer fraud, and tortious interference allegations. He is well-versed in all aspects of litigation strategy, including taking and defending depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, and resolving matters at mediation, arbitration, and trial.


Thought Leadership


Author, “Outgrowing its Usefulness: Seventh Circuit Limits the Application of the Common Actor Inference in Title VII Discrimination Cases,” Seventh Circuit Review, Vol. 13, 2017

Author, “Commitment Through Fear: Mandatory Jury Trials and Substantive Due Process Violations in the Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders in Illinois,” Chicago-Kent Law Review, 2018


Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Distinguished Service Award, 2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of TechnologyJ.D.cum laude2018

    Dean’s Honor List (every semester)

    CALI Award for Legal Writing 1, Trial Advocacy I and Trial Advocacy II

    Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review

  • Catholic University of AmericaB.A., Englishsumma cum laude2015

    Catholic University Honors Program

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Team Captain, Catholic University Football Team, 2014

    Anthony J. Bottoni Award, Outstanding Senior Football Leader, 2014