Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Achieves Victory Before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Judicial Compensation Case

Kirkland & Ellis LLP achieved a significant victory for the federal judiciary in Beer, et al. v. United States, in a decision that should have the effect of providing every federal judge in the country a pay increase. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, agreed with Kirkland that Congress' efforts to withhold judicial salary adjustments previously established by law violated the Compensation Clause of Article III of the Constitution.  By a 10-2 vote, the court overruled its earlier precedent on the same issue in Williams v. United States. Chris Landau led the Kirkland team, with assistance from John O'Quinn and Winn Allen.

Read more about the case here.