Press Release

Kirkland Honored as Corporate Partner of the Year by Metropolitan Family Services

Kirkland & Ellis LLP was one of two organizations honored as "Corporate Partner of the Year" by Metropolitan Family Services, a Chicago-based organization that provides services to strengthen families and communities. Kirkland received the award at Metropolitan's annual meeting on October 7. The Corporate Partner honor is given every year to a company with an outstanding and long-term commitment to Metropolitan and Legal Aid.

"We are honored to receive this award from our friends at Metropolitan Family Services," said Michael Foradas, a partner in Kirkland's Chicago office and a member of the board of directors for Metropolitan. "Contributing to organizations that support the communities in which we live and work is a top priority at Kirkland and we will continue to lend our support to the important mission of organizations such as Metropolitan."

Kirkland is involved in the Legal Aid Bureau at Metropolitan, where work is focused on assisting Chicago citizens facing issues related to domestic violence, family law, elder abuse and financial exploitation of senior citizens. By working with Metropolitan's social policy staff, local and state bar associations, domestic violence service providers and local court administrators, the Legal Aid Bureau advocates for better laws and a system that is more responsive to its clients and to low-income families in general. Partner Leslie Smith serves on the board of directors for the Legal Aid Bureau.

About Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate, intellectual property and technology, litigation, restructuring and tax matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

About Metropolitan Family Services

For 150 years, Metropolitan Family Services has been at the heart of Chicago and its suburbs-encouraging family strengths and investing in a comprehensive range of programs and services that help families through difficult times. Each year, more than 55,000 families and individuals receive counseling and other supportive services and hundreds of thousands more benefit from Metropolitan's community development and social policy efforts.