Press Release

Kirkland’s Ellen Jakovic Nominated For DC Bar President-Elect

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Ellen Jakovic, of counsel in Kirkland’s Antitrust Practice Group based in Washington, DC, has been nominated to run unopposed for president-elect of the DC Bar for the 2021-2022 term. Ms. Jakovic will serve as president-elect for one year before becoming president, and serve for a third year as immediate past president.

“I am honored to be nominated for this prestigious position,” said Jakovic. “Over the past two decades, I have held a variety of leadership roles that have demonstrated my commitment to serving the DC legal community and have prepared me to be an effective DC Bar President. As President, I will work diligently and collaboratively to expand access to justice, to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our profession and to support the DC Bar Communities and voluntary bar associations.”

Ms. Jakovic is one of the top antitrust regulatory attorneys in Washington, DC, and prior to 2021, headed Kirkland’s Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR) filing practice. She regularly advises clients on the antitrust aspects of complex mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and is an expert on the HSR pre-acquisition reporting requirements. She also has experience with investigations by federal and state antitrust enforcement authorities, private and government antitrust litigation, trade associations and general antitrust counseling. 

A recognized leader in the DC legal community, Ms. Jakovic has served on the governing boards of the DC Bar, the DC Bar Foundation, the Bar Association of DC and the Washington Foreign Law Society, and currently serves as Immediate Past National Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She also serves on the Board of the Council for Court Excellence, and is a Past President of The Barristers, the Women’s Bar Association of DC and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. She received the Bar Association of DC’s Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award in 2014, and its Lawyer of the Year Award in 2019.

Ms. Jakovic received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

For more information, visit Ms. Jakovic’s campaign website, here. Voting will run from April 29, 2021 to May 24, 2021, and DC Bar members can vote online via an email link from the Bar or by logging into the DC Bar website, here.

Created in 1972, the DC Bar is the second largest unified bar in the United States, with approximately 100,000 members in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.