Press Release

Best Lawyers to Honor Four Kirkland & Ellis Partners

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that four senior partners will be honored by Best Lawyers, the oldest lawyer-rating directory in the United States. Frank Cicero, Jr., Stephen Fraidin, John S. Irving, Jr. and Jack S. Levin will be honored at the 25th Anniversary Event in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2009.  The event will celebrate the distinguished careers of the 1,397 lawyers who have been listed in the publication since its inception in 1983.

"We are so pleased to honor Mr. Cicero, Mr. Fraidin, Mr. Irving and Mr. Levin as four of the lawyers who have been with us from the start," says Steven Naifeh, president and founder of Best Lawyers.

Mr. Cicero is a litigation partner in Kirkland's Chicago office. His areas of practice include antitrust and trade regulation, criminal and civil fraud and securities law, trademark and patent claims, commercial contracts, construction litigation, libel, slander, and First Amendment cases, tax disputes, trade secrets, unfair competition, employment contracts, international arbitrations and litigation, dealer and franchise relationships and terminations, trust, estates and ERISA disputes, product liability and warranty claims.

Mr. Fraidin is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis. His practice focuses on the representation of major companies and investment groups, acquisitions, proxy contests and the representation of special committees and boards of directors regarding mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other matters.

Mr. Irving is of counsel in Kirkland's Washington, D.C., office. He focuses his practice on labor and employment litigation and counseling on mergers, acquisitions and consolidations, downsizing, plant relocations, union representation elections, labor negotiations, strikes and lockouts, NLRB unfair labor practices, arbitration, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and equal employment.

Mr. Levin is a corporate partner in Kirkland's Chicago office. He concentrates his practice on complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, private equity and venture capital investing, formation of private equity funds, debt and equity restructurings and workouts, and executive compensation, with emphasis on tax, corporate, SEC, and structuring aspects, handling transactions which range in size from several million dollars to more than $7 billion.

About Kirkland & Ellis

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

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers, which published its first directory in 1983, is the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S.  The company compiles its listings of outstanding attorneys through exhaustive peer-review surveys.  Every year, thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers and Best Lawyers tabulates more than 2.5 million votes.  Its annual publication, The Best Lawyers in America, which continues to be the only advertisement-free referral guide to the legal profession, now includes 36,126 attorneys in 78 specialties, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Best Lawyers now also evaluates lawyers worldwide and publishes its global lists online at