Kirkland & Ellis was founded by Stuart G. Shepard and Robert R. McCormick in Chicago in 1909. Over the decades, the firm grew and evolved, and today, it is the highest-grossing law firm in the world with offices in not just Chicago but also New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Munich and Shanghai. Its government and internal investigations group is the best in the industry.
Recognition and Awards
- Ranked 2nd in the “ATL Power 100” law firm rankings
- Named “Chicago’s Most Prestigious Law Firm” by “Vault”
- Recognized by “Vault” for private equity and restructuring
Kirkland has served clients for more than 100 years in such diverse practice areas as corporate law, tax law, restructuring and complex litigation. They maintain the highest standards possible while their 2,200 attorneys work in multi-disciplinary partnerships to ensure comprehensive service for any legal need, including complex investigative issues such as:
- Health care fraud
- Privacy issues
- Confidentiality and privilege
- FCPA violations
- Bank, mail and tax fraud
- Environmental crimes
- Securities fraud
- Government contracting fraud
- Commercial bribery
- Whistleblower retaliation violations
- Commercial bribery
- Money laundering
- Obstruction of justice
- Criminal antitrust violations
- Financial and accounting fraud
As the regulatory environment becomes stricter and enforcement more aggressive, the legal issues surrounding such cases can become more complex. Kirkland has established a reputation for excellence in representing clients in these cases as well as preventing and mitigating potential harm, including class action suits, lowered stock prices and reputation damage. Their goal is to ensure compliance in all areas while crafting programs to maintain continued internal compliance and control in the most cost-effective manner, including policies, supervisory controls, risk management and organizational structure.
Diversity and Inclusion
As a global law firm, Kirkland is serious about diversity at every level, drawing talent from a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and personal backgrounds.
Community Service and Pro Bono Work
Attorneys are encouraged to participate in pro bono work, which is treated the same as billable hours. Donating time and legal talents to pro bono clients is just one way that Kirkland serves the community and world around them. The Kirkland & Ellis Foundation has also been established to support a variety of charitable programs, including legal assistance, conservation efforts, youth programs, health care initiatives, educational programs and emergency relief.
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