Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Expands Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice with the Addition of Two Prominent Lawyers

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Holscher and Jeffrey S. Sinek have joined the firm as partners in the Litigation Practice Group. Messrs. Holscher and Sinek will focus on white-collar and commercial litigation matters.

"We have continued to see a need for expertise in complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense," said Thomas D. Yannucci, chair of Kirkland’s Worldwide Management Committee. "We are delighted to add such highly talented lawyers as Mark and Jeff to this dynamic practice area."

Mr. Holscher comes from O'Melveny & Myers' Los Angeles office. In 2002, The American Lawyer selected him as one of the top 45 lawyers in the country under the age of 45, and he has been selected and profiled as a leading trial lawyer in Chambers, Best Lawyers in America as well as The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers. While at O'Melveny, he successfully represented Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Dr. Wen Ho Lee against charges that he mishandled classified information with the intent to aid an unidentified foreign power. Mr. Holscher also was a member of the defense team for former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Mr. Holscher served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California from 1989-1995. In this position, he tried complex cases, including RICO, criminal bankruptcy, tax and fraud trials. During his tenure there, Mr. Holscher tried the Fleiss tax evasion and money laundering case. Also, he has successfully argued several cases before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals during his time with the U.S. Attorney’s office and while in private practice.

Mr. Holscher is a 1988 graduate of Boalt Hall where he served on the Moot Court Board and California Law Review, and is a 1985 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Sinek was chair of the national White-Collar Practice of Thelen Reid in Los Angeles. Mr. Sinek has represented companies and individuals in federal and state criminal and regulatory investigations. He conducts internal investigations for publicly traded corporations and has counseled clients on preparing and implementing corporate compliance programs.

From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Sinek served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. He has tried more than 15 jury trials and received commendations from several law enforcement agencies for his work as a prosecutor.

Mr. Sinek is a 1987 graduate of Boalt Hall and a 1984 cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where he received the Harvard College Scholarship for Academic Achievement of High Distinction.

Both Messrs. Holscher, 44, and Sinek, 46, will be resident in Kirkland's Los Angeles office.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,300-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, restructuring, corporate, tax, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Munich, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.