Rainmaking Kirkland & Ellis litigator Jim Hurst is leaving the firm and stepping away from the practice of law altogether, a firm spokesperson confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Hurst, a member of the executive committee, landed a number of high-profile defense verdicts since joining the firm in 2014. In recent years, Hurst earned defense verdicts for clients including biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie, pharmaceutical company Actavis, insulin manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co. and Abbott.