Press Release

Best Lawyers Names Kirkland & Ellis Partners “Lawyers of the Year”

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that two partners have been honored as "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers, the oldest lawyer-rating directory in the United States. Robert G. Krupka has been named the 2010 Los Angeles Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year and Jack S. Levin has been named the 2010 Chicago Tax Lawyer of the Year.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

Steven Naifeh, Managing Editor of Best Lawyers, says, "We continue to believe—as we have believed for more than 25 years—that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Mr. Krupka and Mr. Levin."

Mr. Krupka has extensive experience in contested intellectual property matters, trials involving technologically complex subject matter, obtaining expedited remedies, proceedings before the International Trade Commission, and appeals, especially before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Mr. Levin 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 LLPis a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, corporate and tax, restructuring, and intellectual property and technology matters.  The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai 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.  Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current edition is based on more than 2.8 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The individuals honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings, having earned a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. Best Lawyers now also evaluates lawyers worldwide and publishes its global lists online at