Big Grossing Kirkland Promotes Record Number of Partners

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As the world’s highest-grossing law firm, Kirkland & Ellis is used to pushing the limits and has done so again making 141 partners in the largest partner-promotion in a big law firm.

The firm promoted 122 partners last year and interestingly it works to fast-track associates to partnership in contrast to many firms that increasingly restrict partnership access.

Big Grossing Kirkland Promotes Record Number of Partners 1

The firm has also been particularly active in London, taking marquee lawyers like David Higgins from Freshfields and more recently Adrian Maguire from the same firm.

With 2500 lawyers Kirkland & Ellis has plenty of salaried partners, the pool from which the equity partners are selected to share in the firm’s bumper profits. Last year the firm had turnover of $3.76 billion, the highest of any firm anywhere. As previously reported, the firm also generates a high PEP.

The firm’s 300-lawyer London office saw 16 new partners, with the office now generating almost $400m and its current level of promotions dwarf comparable rates at top London firms.

The rest of Kirkland’s new partners have been made up in the firm’s global offices spanning Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.

New partners are outlined below.



NamePractice Area
Jenelle M. DeVitsDebt Finance
Duncan N. EnistaM&A/Private Equity
Dave GusellaM&A/Private Equity
Edward KirbyInvestment Funds
Jonathan S. LipnickInvestment Funds
Andrew A. RoederInvestment Funds


NamePractice Area
Carolyn L. AikenDebt Finance
Priya Gupta ArshanapalliInvestment Funds
Alyssa ChristensenM&A/Private Equity
Adam T. CliffordM&A/Private Equity
Christina DahlmanLitigation
Amelia Runyan DavisM&A/Private Equity
Kyle P. ElderM&A/Private Equity
Jay EmerickIntellectual Property Litigation
Jason A. FeldLitigation
Kevin M. FrankCapital Markets
Phil Vincent GiglioInvestment Funds
Kyle GillenDebt Finance
Alexandria Lauren GlispieInvestment Funds
Rachel B. HaigLitigation
Melanie B. HarmonM&A/Private Equity
Christopher M. HayesRestructuring
Daniel A. H. HoppeM&A/Private Equity
Alyssa C. KaliskyLitigation
Caitlin A. KovacsLitigation
Aisha P. LavinierM&A/Private Equity
Allison McDonaldLitigation
Casey McGushinLitigation
Ryan J. MoormanLitigation
Jaran R. MotenLitigation
Kelli M. MulderLitigation
Adam T. ParksInvestment Funds
Justin R. RedekerInvestment Funds
Samuel R. ScarcelloInvestment Funds
Sydney SchneiderLitigation
Alexander M. SchwartzCapital Markets
Tushin ShahM&A/Private Equity
Alison SkaifeTax
Jeffrey P. SwatzellM&A/Private Equity
J. Ben TysonLitigation
Brian A. VerbusIntellectual Property Litigation
Stan WashLitigation
Kevin J. WesselInvestment Funds
John Mason WilkesM&A/Private Equity
Spencer WintersRestructuring
Lauren D. YeagerM&A/Private Equity
Eric YeagerLitigation


NamePractice Area
Jon David KelleyLitigation
Marc Anthony LipscombM&A/Private Equity
Arthur L. LotzDebt Finance
Lech K. WilkiewiczDebt Finance

Hong Kong

NamePractice Area
Michelle ChehInvestment Funds
Jamie HillInvestment Funds
Wei-Yang LimDebt Finance
Amy NganLitigation
Michael D. RackhamM&A/Private Equity
Tzi-Yang SeowM&A/Private Equity
Chelsea XuanM&A/Private Equity


NamePractice Area
William DongTax
Bryan D FlanneryCapital Markets
Jonathan G. C. FombonneLitigation
Allan KirkM&A/Private Equity
Sara-Ashley MorenoCapital Markets
Jordan D. RobertsDebt Finance
Ahmed SidikM&A/Private Equity
David ThompsonM&A/Private Equity
Kenneth A. YoungLitigation


NamePractice Area
Annette BaillieM&A/Private Equity
Steven BaldwinIntellectual Property Litigation
Ambarish DashDebt Finance
Helena DruryM&A/Private Equity
Karen FordDebt Finance
Deirdre HaughFinancial Services Regulatory
Annie HerdmanAntitrust/Competition
Morgan HillCapital Markets
Brad HillsonTax
Thomas JemmettRestructuring
Karim KassamRestructuring
Antoine LebienvenuCapital Markets
Jin OoiIntellectual Property Litigation
Matthew Sinclair-ThomsonAntitrust/Competition
Joanna ThomsonTechnology & IP Transactions
Sam WhittakerM&A/Private Equity

Los Angeles

NamePractice Area
Christine BaeDebt Finance
Peter ConnollyInvestment Funds
Edward HillenbrandLitigation
P. Paul RezvaniDebt Finance
Michael ShultzReal Estate
Dilveer S. VahaliM&A/Private Equity
Benjamin A. YaghoubianIntellectual Property Litigation
Jennifer YappM&A/Private Equity


NamePractice Area
Dr. Mark AschenbrennerM&A/Private Equity
Dr. Philip GojM&A/Private Equity
Daniel HiemerTax
Dr. Alexander M.H. LängsfeldDebt Finance

New York

NamePractice Area
Mark AdlerDebt Finance
Daniel AmatoDebt Finance
Justin BarbosaTax
Alexia Renee BrancatoLitigation
Timothy L. CampanyTax
Christopher ChanInvestment Funds
Andrea ConzattiM&A/Private Equity
Ian CraigReal Estate
Kristen A. CuratoloTrusts & Estates
Daisy DarvallTechnology & IP Transactions
Tristan Evans-WilentTax
Andy FleischmanM&A/Private Equity
Suzannah J. HackingInvestment Funds
Jacob B. HansenM&A/Private Equity
George KlidonasRestructuring
David E. MannionTax
Francisco J. Morales BarrónM&A/Private Equity
Julia L. OnoratoExecutive Compensation
Brett PallinDebt Finance
David L. PerechockyM&A/Private Equity
Omar RaddawiDebt Finance
Aslam A. RawoofCapital Markets
Sumana SettyInvestment Funds
Ian D. SherwinExecutive Compensation
Megan Ward SpelmanM&A/Private Equity
Frank (Fangzhou) WeiTechnology & IP Transactions
Andrea WeintraubDebt Finance
Ray XuInvestment Funds

San Francisco

NamePractice Area
Erin M. BlakeM&A/Private Equity
May EatonIntellectual Property Litigation
Elise EdlinIntellectual Property Litigation
Austin KlarLitigation
Katrina Anna LevyDebt Finance
Sarah RobertsInvestment Funds

Washington, D.C.

NamePractice Area
Damon C. AndrewsLitigation
Zachary A. AvalloneLitigation
Elizabeth DalmutLitigation
Michael DeRitaAntitrust/Competition
Noah FrankIntellectual Property Litigation
AnnElyse Scarlett GainsRestructuring
John RhineIntellectual Property Litigation
Carleigh Trappe RodriguezEnvironmental Transactions
Matthew D. RowenAppellate Litigation
Alexandra RussellLitigation
Catie VenturaLitigation
Thomas P. WeirLitigation
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