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Nickname: Kirkland

Business Type: Law Firm; Limited Liability Partnership

Year Founded: 1909

Total Offices: 14

  • Beijing
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai
  • Washington, D.C.

Total Attorneys (approximate): 2,200


  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Corporate
  • Gov't & Internal Investigations
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade & National Security
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring
  • Tax, Benefits & Estate Planning

Key Awards & Recognition

  • In the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, Kirkland received a national Tier 1 ranking for intellectual property for the 11th consecutive year.

  • In 2016, Kirkland was named to the 12th annual A-List by The American Lawyer. The A-List identifies the country's elite law firms via a measure of their success in four core areas: financial performance, pro bono, diversity and midlevel associate satisfaction.

  • In 2016, The American Lawyer recognized Kirkland as one of the most decorated law firms in its biennial "Litigation Department of the Year" survey.

  • In 2017, The BTI Consulting Group's "Litigation Outlook" named Kirkland as one of the Fearsome Foursome — the four "most feared" litigation firms — for the sixth time.

  • In 2017, Kirkland was named "Law Firm of the Year" for Litigation – Intellectual Property and Securities/Capital Markets Law by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms."

  • Kirkland's Restructuring Practice Group has been highly ranked since the publication's inception and received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2007 through 2017 editions of Chambers USA.

  • Kirkland's Tax Practice Group has been recognized as a top practice in the 2007 through 2017 editions of Chambers USA.

  • Kirkland was named "Private Equity Group of the Year" six years in a row — from 2011 to 2016 — by Law360.

  • Kirkland was ranked in 41 practice areas, with a total of 21 national Tier 1 rankings and 57 regional Tier 1 rankings across five domestic offices, in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers' 2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings.

  • In the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation, Kirkland was ranked Tier 1 in Antitrust nationwide.

  • In the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 UK, Kirkland was ranked in 12 practice areas.

  • In 2017, Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked Kirkland in 11 practice areas.

  • In 2016, the Financial Times named Kirkland one of the 25 most innovative law firm in North America in its "North America Innovative Lawyers Report."

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