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Kirkland & Ellis Receives 100 Percent Score on HRC’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index

Kirkland & Ellis LLP received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2012 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) survey. This is the fifth year in a row that the Firm received a 100 percent score on the survey.

HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The CEI report, released each year, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees. The CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices, 32 of which are new or more demanding this year. Businesses that receive 100 percent scores are recognized in HRC's "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" list and are considered among the most inclusive and fair-minded in their industry.

"We are honored that HRC has recognized our efforts and placed us on the Best Places to Work list," said Kirkland partner Elizabeth Deeley, co-chair of the Firmwide Diversity Committee's LGBT Subcommittee. "We value and encourage diversity, and believe that an inclusive, supportive work environment has made us better able to serve our clients."

The 2012 Corporate Equality Index rated a total of 850 businesses, including the entire Fortune 500. A full copy of the report and all ratings can be found at www.hrc.org/cei.

About Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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.