Kirkland & Ellis

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis
Headquarters 300 North LaSalle,
Chicago,[1] Illinois,
United States
No. of offices 12 total, 5 international
No. of attorneys 1,517 (2012)
Major practice areas General practice
Revenue $2.15 billion (2014)
Date founded 1909
Company type Limited liability partnership

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an international law firm founded in Chicago. Known for its work in cases that go to trial, law firm Kirkland & Ellis maintains a variety of practices aimed mainly at corporate clients. Besides litigation, the firm's core practice areas include corporate transactions, intellectual property, restructuring, and tax. Kirkland has offices in Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

The firm had gross revenue of approximately $2.15 billion in 2014, a 6.6% increase from 2013. As of 2015, it was the sixth largest law firm by headcount in the United States and the fifth largest by revenue. Kirkland is the sixth most profitable law firm per partner, with estimated profits per equity partner of $3.51 million in 2014, a 7% increase from 2013.[2]

Vault's 2016 rankings placed Kirkland as the most prestigious firm in Chicago, and among the top ten most prestigious firms in the United States, each as rated by law firm associates.[3]

Notable clients[edit]

The firm was the primary outside law firm representing BP in litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Volkswagen also hired Kirkland & Ellis after Volkswagen emissions scandal started.[4]

Political contributions[edit]

Kirkland, through its employees, was a top-20 contributor to Barack Obama in 2008, giving at least $493,735.[5] The firm's attorneys leaned heavily (77%) Democratic in their political contributions during the 2008 election cycle, which were substantial ($579,976 as of 10/29/07).[6]

The firm has its own Political Action Committee (PAC), which gave 97% of its contributions to Democrats during the 2008 election cycle, as of 12/7/07.[7] The firm's members have given more money to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (by some measures the most liberal Democrat in the Senate)[8] since 1989 than donors from any other company or organization.[9]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Kirland & Ellis was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $2.49 million, 59% to Republicans.[10] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56, 66% to Democrats,[10] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[11] Since 1990, Kirkland & Ellis has contributed $9.83 million to federal campaigns.[12]

Endowed professorships[edit]

The firm has endowed professorships in its name at four of the leading law schools in the United States:


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  11. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
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  13. ^ "Klarman, taking Kirkland & Ellis Chair, examines 'Racial Equality in American History' (video) - Harvard Law Today". Harvard Law Today. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
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  15. ^ "Chicago firm endows Law School professorship". Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Clark, Sherman J. - University of Michigan Law School". Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
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