Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Ranked a Top-Tier Firm by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ranked as a first-tier law firm in 30 practice areas nationwide in the second annual Best Law Firms report released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Kirkland was also named Law Firm of the Year for Private Equity Law and Litigation - Patent. The rankings are available at and will also appear in the November 15 print issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Kirkland is ranked in 44 practice areas, with a total of 30 national tier one rankings and 47 regional tier one rankings. Five of Kirkland's domestic offices appear in the Best Law Firms metropolitan rankings. For a complete listing of Kirkland's rankings, click here.

The Best Law Firms rankings showcase 9,633 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 75 major legal practice areas and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 119 major legal practice areas. Client evaluations were combined with more than 3.9 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers. Law firms were divided into tiers both nationally and by metropolitan areas or state. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of experience.

"By combining hard data with peer reviews and client assessments, we continue to believe that we are providing clients with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed," says Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers.

Kirkland ranked in the first tier for national practices in the following areas:

  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Governmental Investigations
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Patent Law
  • Private Equity Law
  • Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Venture Capital Law


Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a law firm with approximately 1,500 lawyers representing global clients in complex litigation and dispute resolution/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.