Kirkland & Ellis

Global

Head Office Address:
300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

+1 312 862 2000


Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a global law firm with approximately 2,700 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has 15 offices around the world: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.


Litigation 

Kirkland & Ellis is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration. The Firm believes that the best litigation results happen when the lawyers and client form a team that assumes it will try the case. Because of this trial-ready philosophy, the Firm is able to offer clients a deep bench of lawyers who have been taking cases to verdict since the early stages of their careers. Whether in the courtroom, at the bargaining table or helping clients avoid risks without litigation, Kirkland has a long and proven track record of generating successful results for clients in their most high-stakes cases.


The Litigation Practice Group comprises approximately 500 attorneys throughout the firm’s worldwide offices. The Firm’s international experience enables effective representation of non-US plaintiffs and defendants in US judicial proceedings. Kirkland represents clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. The Firm also represents clients in connection with proceedings involving government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, US Attorneys General Offices, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange, the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the US Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.


Lawyers in all of Kirkland’s US offices have tried cases, successfully to verdict or to judgment, in virtually every substantive area and business segment including accountant liability, antitrust and competition, appellate, class action, mass tort and toxic tort, construction, ERISA/benefits, First Amendment and defamation, franchise and distribution, insurance coverage, international arbitration and ADR, product liability, securities and shareholder.


Kirkland has been recognized by clients and the media for its achievements in litigation:

  • For the ninth time, Kirkland was selected as one of the “Fearsome Foursome” in BTI Consulting’s 2020 Litigation Outlook report. Kirkland was also recognized as a “standout” firm for class action, securities & finance and complex commercial litigation.
  • In 2019, Kirkland ranked #1 in The Lawyer’s “Global Litigation Top 50,” the second consecutive year the Firm earned that distinction.
  • Kirkland was awarded “Illinois Firm of the Year” at the 2020 Benchmark Litigation US Awards.
  • National Law Journal named Kirkland as a “2020 General Litigation Department of the Year” in Washington, D.C.
  • Managing Intellectual Property named Kirkland “Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year – Nationwide,” “Copyright Firm of the Year – East,” and “Patent Contentious Firm of the Year – Midwest.” at its 2020 Americas Awards.
  • Kirkland was named to World Trademark Review magazine’s 2020 WTR 1000 list of the world’s top trademark law firms in Illinois, and was recognized as a Tier 1 firm both nationally and for enforcement and litigation in New York.
  • In 2020, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine recognized Kirkland in Tier 1 for Litigation: United States - National in its IAM Patent 1000 guide.
  • Kirkland was named “Law Firm of the Year” for Litigation – Intellectual Property by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers in their 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings.


Intellectual Property Litigation 

Kirkland & Ellis’ Intellectual Property Practice Group is one of the oldest such practices in a full-service firm in the country, having been an integral part of Kirkland since 1925. Kirkland has approximately 200 intellectual property lawyers who are experienced in a variety of technical disciplines and registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. More than 70 percent of the lawyers are engineers and scientists trained with degrees and professional backgrounds in technical areas.


Kirkland has one of the most respected intellectual property litigation practices in the country, with particular experience in large-scale patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret misappropriation and advertising matters. The work of the group frequently extends to antitrust, securities/compliance, products liability and appellate matters.


Kirkland’s experience in venues where IP cases are most often litigated is extensive. The Firm tries cases before juries, judges and arbitrators in venues across the country including state courts, district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Kirkland has one of the most active trial practices in the country. Our success rate at trial is among the best, with only a few of losses over the last 10 years despite handling some of the most challenging litigation cases in history.


The Intellectual Property Practice Group has been recognized by numerous publications for its achievements:

  • In Managing Intellectual Property’s 2019 IP Stars, Kirkland was named as a leading firm for Copyright, ITC, Life Sciences and Patent Contentious.
  • Managing Intellectual Property named Kirkland “U.S. National Appellate Firm of the Year” at its 2019 Americas Awards.
  • Kirkland was named to World Trademark Review magazine’s 2019 WTR 1000 list of the world’s top trademark law firms nationally and in Illinois, and was recognized as a Tier 1 firm for enforcement and litigation in New York. 
  • In 2019, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine recognized Kirkland in Tier 1 for Litigation: United States - National in its IAM Patent 1000 guide.
  • Kirkland was named “Law Firm of the Year” for Litigation - Patent by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers in their 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings.
  • The New York Law Journal named Kirkland as its 2019 “Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year.”


Last updated July 2020