Kirkland was named a "most feared" law firm and a "litigation powerhouse" in the BTI Consulting Group's 2011 Litigation Outlook report. The report, which compiled commentary from 240 corporate counsel, recognized Kirkland as one of four of the most formidable litigation opponents. Each of the firms in this "Fearsome Foursome" were characterized as being tenacious, strategic, agile, creative and relentless in making requests that exhaust the resources of opponents.
In the same report, Kirkland was one of three most-mentioned firms best suited to help corporate counsel with IP litigation, earning Kirkland the title of an IP "litigation powerhouse."
BTI's 2011 Litigation Outlook report examined changes, trends and opportunities to determine the best hiring opportunities, growth prospects and law firms in litigation.