Kirkland & Ellis LLP lawyer Thomas A. Gottschalk will be honored by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the recipients of its fourth annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. Mr. Gottschalk, along with seven other lawyers, as well as the law firms selected for the magazine's 2007 "A-List" ranking, will be the headliners at a gala dinner on Oct. 24, 2007, in New York City.
Mr. Gottschalk returned to Kirkland on April 1, 2007, as of counsel in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, from General Motors (NYSE: GM) where he had been for the last 13 years, most recently in the position of executive vice president for law & public policy. In that role, he reported directly to G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., GM's chairman and CEO.
Prior to joining GM, Mr. Gottschalk was at Kirkland for 28 years. As a partner, he engaged in a trial and appellate practice, principally involving complex civil cases, class actions, and federal agency suits in such fields as antitrust, contracts, and product safety. He was also a member of Kirkland’s Firm Management Committee.
In announcing the award, The American Lawyer noted that Mr. Gottschalk "set the in-house standard for promoting diversity and pro bono."
"Over their distinguished careers, these individuals have exemplified the legal profession's twin values of client service and public duty. Though they come from a variety of backgrounds, firms, and locales, they share careers of remarkable distinction and have set outstanding examples for younger members of the profession. We're pleased to recognize their accomplishments through The American Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Awards," said Aric Press, editor in chief of The American Lawyer.
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