Alumni Profiles

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We never forget the contributions that our alumni have made to the Firm, and are very proud of their ongoing contributions to the legal and business communities.  See below for profiles on several of our distinguished alumni, and click here to learn more about Kirkland Alumni Engagement. 

Michael Meltzer
DraftKings
Director of Strategic Ventures

Every day alumnus Michael Meltzer puts his game face on and works at the intersection of sports, media and technology at DraftKings. As Director of Strategic Ventures for the world’s leading skill-based Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform, Michael negotiates partnerships and navigates regulations and media channels so users can compete in online fantasy sports contests. Since joining, Michael has been part of DraftKings’ rapid growth, and applies the early lessons he learned at Kirkland to his current role.

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Lindsey Oken
Senior Law Clerk
New York Court of Appeals

Alumnae Lindsey Oken’s Kirkland career journey began as a 2012 summer associate and led to an exciting path as a Kirkland litigation associate and her current role as Senior Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Garcia, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, who is also a Kirkland alumnus.

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Sudwiti Chanda
Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
Counsel for Civil Rights

As Counsel for Civil Rights in the New York Regional Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, Kirkland alumna Sudwiti Chanda works to ensure the nations’ labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect workers...

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Andrew Glickman
Senior Counsel
Corporate at Uber

As Senior Counsel, Corporate for Uber, working at a rapidly growing company that has changed the way we live, Andrew Glickman’s willingness to dive into a new challenge is not only evocative of his adventurous mindset but also a great testament to Kirkland’s entrepreneurial spirit...

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David Breach
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer
Vista Equity Partners

Rising to the very top of the legal world involves many things — determination, hard work, and a spirit that calls on you to jump at new challenges and opportunities. After a hugely successful career at Kirkland, alumnus David Breach now sits as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Vista Equity Partners. Drawing on a well-earned reputation for closing some of the biggest deals in the world while at Kirkland, David now brings his unmatched energy and strategic insight into growing one of the premier private equity shops in the country. David’s tenacity and commitment to achieving the best results for his partners is a testament to the Kirkland spirit...

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Wilson Tsu & Dan Hodgman
Founder & CEO
LearnLeo

Today, Kirkland alumni Wilson Tsu and Dan Hodgman run a growing technology company with six full-time employees and five part-time workers. As the leadership team of the company LearnLeo, Dan and Wilson are making the law school experience more efficient, practical and modern - and, in doing so, they are putting their talents and drive to good use...

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Nehal Madhani
CEO & Founder
Alt Legal

The entrepreneurial life is designed for Kirkland alum Nehal Madhani. The energy, the risk, the need to constantly learn and adapt, have created the perfect arena for the current CEO and Founder of Alt Legal to harness his innate skills and steer his company into becoming a major player in the legal technology industry. Nehal’s entrepreneurial spirit and his fierce dedication to excellence embody Kirkland’s culture and we are proud to have him as an alumnus...

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Douglas C. Barnard
CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Sixteen and Famous

Doug Barnard had always been an overachiever. Growing-up in rural Minnesota, he’d gone to a one-room country school where he “was the only kid in my grade.” Having then skipped a couple of grades, he found himself a freshman at world-famous MIT at age 16. It was, he recalls, “quite a shock.” Not least when a Harvard undergrad asked him: “Where did you prep?” His answer: “Cambridge [Minnesota].” During college, Barnard rowed on the crew team, and he recently donated a racing shell to MIT in fond memory of his own experiences on the Charles River...

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Jim Gash
Pepperdine University School of Law
Director of Global Justice Program and Professor of Law
Specialist Advisor to the Ugandan High Court

Jim Gash still can’t believe he serves as the Specialist Advisor to the Ugandan High Court. After leaving Kirkland & Ellis in 1999 to become a law professor at Pepperdine, his journey to becoming an instrumental figure in reforming the criminal justice landscape in Uganda mirrored the winding track of the Nile River. In that journey, Jim has gone on to touch thousands of lives, teaming his legal expertise with a compassionate heart to bring progress to a country that has become a second home...

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Ben Ostapuk
Intel Corporation
Associate General Counsel, Director of Patent Litigation

Kirkland alum Ben Ostapuk recognizes the irony of a Philosophy major becoming the Director of Patent Litigation at Intel. Indeed, in a type of law known for its technical complexity, Ben’s decision in college to transfer away from Physics and into Philosophy didn’t make patent law an obvious career path. However, Ben’s multicultural family history and his innate listening and interpersonal skills, allow him to translate the complexities of patent law into an everyday language that is invaluable to his clients and business partners...

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Kim Taylor
The University of Chicago
Vice President and General Counsel

Kim Taylor is not someone who is afraid of change. Indeed, in a career of outstanding breadth and diversity, the one constant has been her willingness to face new challenges head on. From rising to be a top corporate partner at Kirkland's New York office, to a small practice in Cape Cod, and now as the General Counsel for the University of Chicago, Kim's career path may be unique, but her success has not been crafted alone. At each step, her career was also defined by the talented and dedicated colleagues that surrounded her...

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Kirk Wickman
Angelo, Gordon & Co.
Chief Administrative Officer and Member, Firm Executive Committee

There is modest — and there is truly modest. When you talk to Kirk Wickman, be prepared to hear a lot more about his family than his stellar career in law and business. That career has taken him from Kirkland associate to partner, to a series of general counsel positions at Aetna, Skandia and Morgan Stanley, and ultimately Chief Administrative Officer of employee-owned financial services powerhouse Angelo, Gordon & Co. in New York...

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