Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Represents Senator Mitch McConnell in Campaign Finance Litigation

A team of Kirkland & Ellis lawyers are representing Senator Mitch McConnell in his suit challenging the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). In his fourteen-count complaint, filed on Monday, Sen. McConnell alleges that various provisions of the BCRA, including a provision barring or severely limiting issue advocacy close to an election and a provision barring so-called "soft money," violate the First Amendment rights of free speech and free association, the equal protection component of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, and the Tenth Amendment and constitutional principles of federalism.

The Kirkland & Ellis team is led by former Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr, who is serving as joint lead counsel in the suit with noted First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams.

"This suit presents a terrific opportunity for the Firm to become involved in some of the most important constitutional issues of our day," said Starr. "We are excited about the opportunity to be involved in this litigation."

Other members of the Kirkland team are Edward W. Warren, a partner in Kirkland's Appellate Litigation group, and associates Kannon K. Shanmugam and Grant M. Dixton, also from Kirkland's Appellate Litigation group.

Other lawyers on Senator McConnell's "dream team" are Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan; James Bopp of the Madison Center for Free Speech, James Bopp; and prominent Washington election lawyer Jan Baran.

Kirkland & Ellis is an 850-attorney law firm handling litigation, transactional and intellectual property legal matters with offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.