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Kirkland ellis llp 8 300 north lasalle chicago il

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KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP 8 300 North LaSalle Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 862-2000 LOCATIONS Boston, MA • Chicago, IL • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Palo Alto, CA • San Francisco, CA • Washington, DC Beijing • Hong Kong • London • Munich • Shanghai MAJOR DEPARTMENTS & PRACTICES Antitrust & Competition • Private Equity • Mergers & Acquisitions • Government & Internal Investigations • Intellectual Property • International Trade & National Security • Litigation • Real Estate • Regulatory • Restructuring • Tax, Benefits & Estate Planning UPPERS • “Above market bonuses” • “Ability to choose for whom you work” • “Flexibility” DOWNERS • “High level of stress” • “The hours can be long and unpredictable” • “Lack of diversity” EMPLOYMENT CONTACT Please visit for office-specific email addresses. THE STATS No. of attorneys: 1,900 No. of offices: 13 Management Committee Chair: Jeffrey C. Hammes Hiring Partners: Nader Boulos & Shelly Hirschtritt (Chicago); Anthony Speier (Houston); Diana Torres, Hamed Meshki & Tana Ryan (Los Angeles); Jason Kanner, Lauren Casazza & Ashley Gregory (New York); Elizabeth Deeley & Jeremy Veit (Palo Alto/San Francisco); Daniel Donovan & Edwin U (Washington); Jesse Sheley & Li-Chien Wong (Asia); Ashley Young, William Burke & Matthew Elliott (London); Achim Herfs & Wolfgang Nardi (Munich) NOTABLE PERKS • “Kirkland offers courtesy breakfast daily, and there are usual several catered lunches a week.” • “All attorneys get an annual business development budget: $500 for years 1-2; $1,000 for years 3-4; $1,500 for years 5-6; etc.” SURVEY SNAPSHOT Among our survey respondents at Kirkland: • 64% were junior associates, 35% were mid-level associates, and 1% were senior associates. • 58% were former summer associates, 24% were hired as lateral associates, and 3% were hired during or after a clerkship. 58% plan to make partner, 17% plan to move in-house, and 6% plan to lateral to another firm. • Northwestern, University of Chicago, Harvard, and Georgetown were the most represented schools. BASE SALARY (2017) All U.S. offices: 1st year: $180,000 2nd year: $190,000 3rd year: $210,000 4th year: $235,000 5th year: $260,000 6th year: $280,000 Summer Associate: $7,500 semi-monthly
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135 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP THE SCOOP Kirkland & Ellis has a strong reputation in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation, restructur- ing and intellectual property that stretches worldwide. Extra, Extra! In 1909, fresh-faced attorneys Stuart Shepard and Robert McCormick struck up a partnership in Chicago, laying the foundation for the growth of one of the world’s largest and most successful law firms. McCormick descended from money and influence (his grandfather founded the Chicago Tribune ), and he used this sway to funnel business to the nascent firm.
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