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. 

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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Jenny Lee
Apple Inc.
Senior Legal Counsel

Jenny Lee has always been on the move. She was born in Texas, grew up in Las Vegas, attended college in Houston and law school in Boston, began her career at Kirkland’s New York office, and currently works in California as Senior Legal Counsel at Apple Inc. Through all the change, her impressive climb seems to have followed a purposeful, pre-determined plan. But looks can be deceiving. Jenny’s success has been a blend of hard work and serendipity...

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Tony Richardson
Los Angeles County Superior Court
Judge

“Adhere to the meritocracy.” This unique Kirkland philosophy spoke to Judge Tony Richardson when he decided to join Kirkland’s LA office in 1990. The idea that a lawyer’s success would not be defined by age or rank or background. The principle that if you were capable, worked hard and had unimpeachable character, you would be given an opportunity to prove yourself on any stage and in any company. “Adhere to the meritocracy”-- a concept displayed so brightly at the dawn of Kirkland’s LA office -- was what had defined Tony’s life as he rose within the legal profession. It also became an ethos that served as Tony’s North Star in shaping a career that has made a meaningful contribution to the legal world...

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J. Landis Martin
Platte River Ventures
Founder and Managing Partner

J. Landis Martin, known to one and all as “Lanny,” was a small town Midwesterner who grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska on the north shore of the Platte River. The son of a homemaker and a vocational teacher, he was one of six kids in a devout Presbyterian family. “While my parents had modest income, they provided my siblings and me with a rich home life,” he recalls...

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Lance C. Balk
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Lance Balk might be the only top executive in the theme park business with an undergraduate degree in philosophy. Who else among his cohorts brings a healthy dose of Nietzche and Kant to the thrills and spills of roller coaster rides?...

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Susan L. Blount
Prudential Financial
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

New Jersey native Susan Blount’s “Chicago adventure” began in Texas at UT Austin, where her husband was a grad student and she was a law school student. Blount summered in Texas as well — at Houston’s Baker & Botts — never dreaming that she’d find herself practicing law in Chicago. But when her husband was offered a job in industry there, she began sending out letters and making phone calls to major law firms in the Windy City...

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Suzanne S. Bettman
RR Donnelly
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

From the day she landed at Kirkland, Sue Bettman knew she wanted to be in the mix on deals. While still a summer associate, the University of Illinois College of Law grad had been working hard on an unfolding deal, the sale of a gas subsidiary belonging to the Zeigler Coal Company, a longtime Firm client...

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Sherman J. Clark
University of Michigan Law School
Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law

By the time Sherman Clark arrived at Kirkland & Ellis in the spring of 1992 — the Monday after his graduation from law school — he was already a husband, a father and an army veteran. And while he’d just graduated from Harvard Law School, his undergraduate degree came from Towson State University in his native Baltimore...

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John Donofrio
Mars Inc.
Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

After graduating from the George Washington University School of Law and completing a clerkship in the Federal Circuit Court, John Donofrio joined the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis in 1989. Soon after, in 1990, he was tapped to join a hard charging team led by Glen Hess and Bill Pratt in the newly opened New York office. Attorneys included Stephen Johnson, Fred Tanne, Eunu Chun, Jonathan Putnam, Joe Serino, Marge Lindblom and Frank Holozubiec...

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Chad Gunderson
Los Angeles Dodgers
Senior Counsel

By the time baseball-loving lawyer Chad Gunderson left Kirkland to join the legal team at the Los Angeles Dodgers, he and his dad Ron, a retired postal worker, had completed their goal of attending regular season games together at every Major League Baseball park. It turned out to be an eight-year odyssey that would result in a video documentary and lead to their being featured prominently in the pages of The New York Times and on CNN...

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Steve Oetgen
Golden Gate Capital
Executive Vice President of Finance and General Counsel

Steve Oetgen, Executive Vice President of Finance and General Counsel for Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco, grew up far away from the California coast. He was raised in Jacksonville, Illinois, 20 minutes west of the state capital in Springfield — where the city’s 19,000+ residents work primarily in the farming industry or state government...

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Lawrence E. Strickling
U.S. Department of Commerce
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

Larry Strickling chuckles when asked about how he came to be at Kirkland. Strickling — who had grown up outside Washington, D.C. in the small Beltway community of Hyattsville, Maryland — describes his initial experience at the Firm as “my idea of going west for a summer.” He pauses, laughs again, and adds that, “I only got as far as Chicago, but I liked it so much that I decided to stay...”

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Mark Tresnowski
Madison Dearborn Partners
Managing Director and General Counsel

A strange thing happened to Mark Tresnowski while on his way to an opening job in Big Law. After interviewing as a 2L at the University of Virginia Law School, he received offers from all the Chicago and New York law firms that he visited. All, that is, except for Kirkland. What made it so strange was that Tresnowski had the grades, was an editor of the Law Review, and he’d had a strong interview. What, he wondered, had he done wrong?...

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Lacey Bundy
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
EXPRESS, INC.

Growing up in a tough town an hour outside of Seattle, few would have expected that Kirkland alumna Lacey Bundy would rise, before the age of 40, to become General Counsel at EXPRESS, INC. Lacey herself wouldn’t have believed it. But with a persistent grit and the courage to jump at new challenges, Lacey has created a remarkable career by choosing the road less traveled...

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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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