Press Release

Kirkland Partner Mark Holscher Inducted Into the American College of Trial Lawyers

Kirkland & Ellis is pleased to announce that Los Angeles partner Mark Holscher has become a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers, and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, two of the most premier legal associations in the world.

Mark is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. A former Assistant United States attorney, he has acted as lead trial and appellate counsel to blue chip companies and their executives in a wide variety of securities related cases ranging from alleged individual and corporate securities law violations, merger and acquisition and hostile takeover litigation, and fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims. In the last five years, he has obtained plaintiffs verdicts and settlements of over $1.1 billion, with multiple nine figure recoveries. Mark has also successfully defended clients against multiple claims in excess of a billion dollars.
Mark’s achievements have been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times, as well as such prominent legal publications as The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer. Since 2008, he has been selected every year as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal, and has been twice recognized as an “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer. He is consistently profiled as a leading trial lawyer in Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers®, Benchmark Litigation and the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers.

About the American College of Trial Lawyers
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only — and only after careful investigation — to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are approximately 5,700 members in the United States and Canada. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

About the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Founded in 1954, the Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases). While the majority of the Fellows come from the United States, the Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process.

The Academy's bylaws limit Fellowship to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70. Upon reaching the age of 70, a Fellow retains all of his or her rights and privileges but is no longer counted against the cap of 500. This provision assures that each year there will be openings for first-rate nominees to enter the Fellowship.