Kirkland & Ellis Overview

  • Chicago, IL
  • 1001 to 5000 Employees
  • 1909
  • Company - Private
  • Legal
  • $1 to $5 billion (USD)

Kirkland & Ellis 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. With 18 offices across the ...
Mission: Kirkland's principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client's success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. Our Firm seeks long-term, partnering relationships with clients, ...

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February 8, 2022
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Kirkland & Ellis received a 100 percent score on the 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This is the 15th year in a row that the Firm received a perfect 100 percent score on the CEI. The 2022 CEI rated 1,271 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Kirkland’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. 842 major U.S. businesses earned a 100 percent rating this year.
Corporate Equality Index 2022 | News | Kirkland & Ellis LLP
February 8, 2022
When it comes to pro bono efforts, it’s hard to top the decade-plus of work Kirkland & Ellis put into representing a coalition of students, alumni, and faculty at Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities: Morgan State University, Bowie State University and Coppin State University in Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. After logging more than 38,000 hours on the case since 2009, the firm and co-counsel at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law reached a $577 million settlement with the state earlier this year that will fund new, unique programs at the schools. In November 2021, Kirkland announced the firm is donating the $12.5 million in statutory legal fees it was awarded as part of the settlement to seven HBCUs and civil rights organizations. Among the recipients are the Dillard University Center for Racial Justice in New Orleans, the Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education, and Kirkland’s co-counsel in the case at the Lawyers’ Committee.
Kirkland Donates $12.5M in Legal Fees from Maryland HBCU Case to Schools and Civil Rights Orgs | News | Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Kirkland & Ellis Awards & Accolades

  • Top 10 Most Prestigious FirmsVault2018
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT EqualityHuman Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index2018
  • National Law Journal Pro Bono Hot ListThe National Law Journal2018
  • U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firms 2018 and Law Firm of the Year 2018US News & World Report2018
  • Top 5: Innovative Law FirmsFinancial Times2017

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