Chambers & Partners has compiled its independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide — which is designed to reflect market opinion — contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.
In Chambers' 2009 review of national legal talent in the area of "Appellate Law," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.
Nationwide Ranking: Tier 3
Housing one of the foremost litigation practices in the USA, it is no surprise that Kirkland & Ellis's appellate experts are called upon to represent clients in appeals across the country. Clients appreciate the depth of resources on offer and highly rate the group for "crafting quality arguments;" they also praise the high level of partner involvement, with one revealing: "We are never shunted onto an associate." Although appellate law legend Kenneth Starr has focused more on his responsibilities as dean of Pepperdine Law School of late, he remains a major draw for the group and is highly valued for his counsel. He recently secured a victory for Alaska Juneau School Board in a free-speech case brought under the First Amendment. Christopher Landau anchors the practice from the firm's Washington, DC office. He is a "wonderful resource, with great talent and the ability to communicate the most important issues to the judges." His highlights include achieving success for the National Geographic Society in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a complex copyright case. The group also fields appellate expertise in its home state of Illinois.
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In addition to his work as dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law, Kenneth Starr, of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has recently gained victory in the Eleventh Circuit for The National Geographic Society in a long-running copyright case.
Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009 — www.chambersandpartners.com.