Kirkland & Ellis

District of Columbia

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
District of Columbia

Telephone:+1 202 389 5000

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a global law firm with more than 3,000 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 offices in 19 cities around the world: Austin, Bay Area, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Paris, Salt Lake City, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Kirkland & Ellis is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration. The Firm believes that the best litigation results occur when the lawyers are fully prepared to try the case through verdict. Because of Kirkland’s trial-ready philosophy and training, 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 matters.

The Litigation Practice Group comprises approximately 600 attorneys throughout the firm’s worldwide offices. 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.

Kirkland litigators have successfully litigated cases in virtually every substantive area and business segment including accountant liability, antitrust and competition, appellate, class action, mass tort and toxic tort, insurance, data privacy, labor and employment, breach of contract and securities litigation.

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

  • For the 12th time, Kirkland was selected as one of the “Fearsome Foursome” in BTI
    Consulting’s 2023 Litigation Outlook report.
  • Chambers & Partners named Kirkland & Ellis “Commercial Litigation Law Firm of
    the Year” at the 2023 Chambers USA Awards.
  • In 2022, Kirkland ranked #1 in The Lawyer’s “Global Litigation Top 50,” the fifth
    consecutive year the Firm earned that distinction.
  • Kirkland was named “Law Firm of the Year” for Commercial Litigation by U.S. News
    and World Report
    and Best Lawyers in their 2022 “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 2023 IP Stars, Kirkland was named as a Tier 1 firm for Copyright, ITC, Life Sciences, Patent Contentious and Trademark Contentious and was recognized in the U.S. for IP transactions and PTAB litigation.
  • Kirkland was named to World Trademark Review magazine’s 2023 WTR 1000
    list of the world’s top trademark law firms and was recognized as a Tier 1 firm for
    enforcement and litigation nationally and in New York.
  • In 2023, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine recognized Kirkland in Tier 1
    for Litigation, International Trade Commission and Trade Secrets for United States -
    National in its IAM Patent 1000 guide. The firm was also Tier 1 for Litigation in
    Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C., as well as Transactions in Illinois.
  • World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) recognized Kirkland & Ellis as a Tier 1 firm
    in its 2022 “Global Trade Secrets Rankings.”

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Updated Aug 2023