Press Release

Former White House Deputy Counsel Susan Davies Joins Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Susan Davies has joined the Washington, D.C., office as Of Counsel in the Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement Practice Groups. 

Ms. Davies is a former Deputy White House Counsel for Judicial Selection to President Obama.  Prior to her work in the White House, she served as both General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee where, among other things, she worked on the recently enacted America Invents Act. Ms. Davies also has held several positions in the Department of Justice, including the Antitrust Division, the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of Policy Development.

"Susan has an exceptional resume with experience across a number of areas of government and at the Supreme Court. She has a lot to offer our clients and we are pleased to welcome her to the Firm," said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland's Global Management Executive Committee.

Ms. Davies served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and then-Judge Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as a Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton.

"Susan has operated at the highest levels of our profession, and has worked on some of the more complex issues of our day. We are thrilled that she has chosen to join us, and we look forward to her intellectual energy," said Gene Assaf, partner in Kirkland's Washington, D.C., office and member of the Firm's Global Management Executive Committee.

"I am enthusiastic about returning to private practice and undertaking challenging and interesting work that a top litigation firm like Kirkland is regularly called upon to handle," said Ms. Davies, who will also teach at Harvard Law School.

Ms. Davies, 47, earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was an editor of the law review, and a bachelor's degree from Yale University.

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