Kirkland & Ellis, still riding high from a record-setting financial year in 2017, announced Tuesday that it has made up 122 partners worldwide, the firm’s largest-ever global partnership promotion round.
Kirkland is known for promoting large classes of income or nonequity partners each October, as noted last year by The American Lawyer, which found that about 50 percent of those “nonshare” partners tend to remain with the firm after four years. After six years, Kirkland associates are eligible to be promoted to nonshare status, according to The American Lawyer. (Kirkland did make cuts to its equity partnership tier in late 2016.)
The global legal giant’s latest partnership promotion round focused on its home office in Chicago, which gained 37 new partners, up from 25 last year. New York had 27 new partners, London and Los Angeles with 10 each, eight apiece in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and seven in Houston, where Kirkland set up shop in 2014.
Kirkland’s new Dallas office, which opened this summer, elevated one new partner. The firm also promoted two partners in Palo Alto, California, and two partners in Boston, where Kirkland opened an office last year. Other offices with new Kirkland partners were Hong Kong (seven), Shanghai (two) and Munich (one). Beijing, where Kirkland officially opened an office in 2013, was the firm’s only global outpost not to see any partner promotions.
Kirkland has been on a hiring tear in 2018, raiding several rivals for talent in a variety of regions and practice areas. Kirkland’s vaunted private equity practice was noted in a feature story this month by The American Lawyer looking at how several firms are operating in that lucrative, transactional-heavy space.
See below for a list of Kirkland’s 2018 partner promotions:
Boston: Amanda Border – M&A/private equity, Katherine Coverdale – executive compensation.
Chicago: Kourtney Baltzer – intellectual property litigation, Travis Bayer – restructuring, Justin Bernbrock – restructuring, Jeffrey Bramson – litigation, Matthew Colman – technology and IP transactions, Britt Cramer – litigation, Nathan Davis – M&A/private equity, Brian Delaney – investment funds, Bobby Earles – litigation, Joshua Faulkner – real estate, Billy Foster – IP litigation, Kathryn Guilfoyle – litigation, Nicholas Hemmingsen – investment funds, Ryan Jackson – M&A/private equity, Susan Kai – real estate, Michael Keeley – capital markets, Kimberly McGrath – real estate, Daniel McQuade – investment funds, Andrew Meyer – M&A/private equity, Dan Monico – litigation, Brett Nerad – litigation, Zachary Oswald – investment funds, Greg Polins – IP litigation, Benjamin Rhode – restructuring, Mariska Richards – M&A/private equity, Matthew Schlosser – M&A/private equity, Alexandra Schwarzman – restructuring, Christopher Scully – investment funds, David Serna – capital markets, Ravi Shankar – litigation, Angela Snell – restructuring, Peter Stach – M&A/private equity, Karl Stampfl – litigation, Ryan Swan – investment funds, Jonathan Tshiamala – litigation, Nicholas Wasdin – litigation, Eric White – litigation.
Dallas: Benjamin Adelson – M&A/private equity.
Hong Kong: Jennifer Feng – investment funds, Han Gao – M&A/private equity, Karen Ho – debt finance, Carmen Lau – M&A/private equity, Amanda Tang – capital markets, Tarun Warriar – litigation/restructuring, Liyong Xing – investment funds.
Houston: Ryan Copeland – debt finance, John Furlow – M&A/private equity, Chris Heasley – M&A/private equity, Chad Nichols – debt finance, Laura Stake – investment funds, Kyle Watson – M&A/private equity, Sarah Williams – litigation.
London: Tom Bartram – M&A and private equity, Dipak Bhundia – M&A and private equity, Melanie Johnson – M&A and private equity, Tom McCarthy – M&A and private equity, James Esterkin – real estate finance, Philip McEachen – financial services regulatory, Andrea Renold – investment funds, Mike Robert-Smith – antitrust, Michael Taufner – capital markets, Jennifer Wilson – technology and IP transactions.
Los Angeles: Kevin Bendix – IP litigation, Gavin Campbell – litigation, Annie Cheng – real estate, Faris Elrabie – investment funds, Austin Glassman – debt finance, Bianca Levin-Soler – M&A/private equity, Nichole Lopez-Tackett – debt finance, Austin Norris – litigation, Benjamin Maxwell Sadun – litigation, W.F. Cody Sonntag – real estate.
Munich: Thomas Krawitz – M&A/private equity.
New York: Carrie Bodner – litigation, Ryan Brissette – M&A/private equity, Jared Bryant – debt finance, Matthew Fagen – restructuring, Elizabeth Freechack – M&A/private equity, James Jian Hu – M&A/private equity, Luke Jennings – capital markets, Samuel Kaplan – capital markets, Andrew Kimball – M&A/private equity, Adam Kool – tax, Jayk Kooper – M&A/private equity, Sam Kwon – IP litigation, Terence Leong – litigation, Thomas Marbury – M&A/private equity, Duncan McKay – debt finance, Jessica Murray – M&A/private equity, Keri Schick Norton – M&A/private equity, Eddy Park – real estate, Michael Pergler – investment funds, Lauren Rakower – M&A/private equity, Aaron Resetarits – IP litigation, Ryan Roberts – tax, Christina Shin – antitrust/competition, Michelle Six – litigation, Ian Spain – litigation, Yuli Wang – debt finance, Aparna Yenamandra – restructuring.
Palo Alto: Amir Freund – IP litigation, Jonathan Manor – M&A/private equity.
San Francisco: Reza Dokhanchy – IP litigation, Jacob Johnston – litigation, Barry Le Vine – investment funds, Natalie Logan – M&A/private equity, Austin Pollet – M&A/private equity, Kristen Reichenbach – IP litigation, Christopher Wynne – investment funds, Heidi Yuen – tax.
Shanghai Shuting Qi – M&A/private equity, Rongjing Zhao – M&A/private equity.
Washington, D.C.: Devin Anderson – litigation, Ronald Anguas Jr. – litigation, Kathleen Brogan – litigation, Tracie Bryant – litigation, Abigail Lauer – IP litigation, Christopher Maner – litigation, Kasdin Miller Mitchell – appellate litigation, C. Harker Rhodes IV – appellate litigation.