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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Having been around for one hundred years has its advantages; for Kirkland & Ellis LLP, that means having seen nearly everything in the legal arena. That sort of experience is invaluable, and as evidenced by its global reach, something clients around the world are more than willing to pay for.



Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Kirkland & Ellis continues to aim to provide the best quality legal services available. A full-service law firm, Kirkland & Ellis typically develops long-term relationships with its clients, leveraging its 1500-strong attorney-workforce to provide results not only around the clock, but also around the world.

Kirkland & Ellis credits its multidisciplinary teams and its system of allowing its associates to choose the areas in which they wish to practice as the reasons behind its quality of work product, ultimately yielding more committed and engaged attorneys dedicated to their craft.[1]

Kirkland & Ellis is also committed to community service. Through its own foundation as well as the hours contributed by its associates on pro bono work, Kirkland & Ellis strives to make an impact in its world.[2]

Kirkland & Ellis has also dedicated itself to the promotion of diversity initiatives. Through the operation of its Diversity Committee, Kirkland & Ellis seeks to benefit from the diversity of varying socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and personal backgrounds of its employees.[3]

Kirkland & Ellis Areas of Practice

Kirkland & Ellis offers an extensive number of practice areas in which it specializes, including, but not limited to the following core practice groups:[4]

  • Corporate and Tax Law
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Restructuring

Kirkland & Ellis Offices

Kirkland & Ellis has 7 offices worldwide. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.[5]

  • Chicago
  • New York
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.

Kirland & Ellis LLP
300 N. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654-3406

Phone: 312-862-2000
Fax: 312-862-2200
Web: www.kirkland.com

Kirkland & Ellis Size

Kirkland & Ellis employs well over 1500 attorneys worldwide.[6]

Kirkland & Ellis Recruiting

Associates at Kirkland & Ellis offer high praise for the “free-market system” which allows them to pursue their own interests in their work. Other notable features included the firm’s notoriety and the benefits that the name brings. Complaints included long hours and unpredictable off-time, along with comments of not offering the friendliest of work environments.[7]

Kirkland & Ellis typically hires from its summer associates, who can choose to work in any of their 7 offices. Kirkland & Ellis does accept lateral hires as well, and aims to integrate them into the firm’s culture.[8]

In addition to decent starting salaries, Kirkland & Ellis, like other top law firms, offers a number of other benefits. Associates are free to take as much time off as needed, and can work alternate schedules that allow for more flexibility in one’s personal life. Kirkland & Ellis also offers comprehensive dental, medical, vision, life, disability, and travel insurance to its associates. The firm also supports parents by offering 10-16 weeks of paid parental/adoption leave as well as emergency childcare services should the need arise. Kirkland & Ellis also offers other perks, such as negotiated rates at fitness centers across the country.[9]

Kirkland & Ellis Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

Yes 1st-Years also receive a $10,000 stipend for the summer before they start at the firm or the opportunity to do a PILI fellowship and earn 13 weeks paid over the summer.
2nd Year

3rd Year $185,000 Yes
4th Year

5th Year

6th Year $250,000 Yes

Based on May 2007 figures.
In 2006, the firm's billable hours average was just under 2000.[10]


  1. http://www.kirkland.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=256
  2. http://www.kirkland.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=232
  3. http://www.kirkland.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=231
  4. http://www.kirkland.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=256
  5. http://nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F026202&orgtypeid=F
  6. http://www.kirkland.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=256
  7. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Kirkland-&-Ellis-LLP?companyId=398
  8. http://www.kirkland.com/index.cfm?contentID=186
  9. http://www.kirkland.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=345
  10. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=IL0620



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