THE FIRM With 215 dedicated advocates, Kirkland's Illinois litigation practice is a true powerhouse and a go-to for high-stakes, complex matters. Market sources report being hugely impressed by the depth of talent and resources, which enables the firm to take on a staggering number of major cases simultaneously. The firm's prestigious client list includes the likes of Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil and BP, whom the firm is famously representing in various matters stemming from Deepwater Horizon. In a recent matter for long-standing client Dow, the firm defeated a wrongful death claim pursued by the family of a woman who died from alleged take-home exposure to asbestos.
Sources say: "When you want to make a statement you hire them. When they walk into a litigation, especially with numerous other parties, the others step back and realize you are a force to be reckoned with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Godfrey counsels large corporate clients in large class action suits at trial and appellate level and has a lead role in the BP representations. Clients praise his ability to digest and translate complex legal issues.
Robert Kopecky is recognized for securities class action and shareholder derivative suits. He was part of the team that secured a major victory for Motorola in securities fraud and shareholder derivative actions.
John Hickey has a broad practice, with experience in IP, environmental, product liability, consumer fraud, securities, antitrust and contract litigation. Clients include prominent names such as Anheuser-Busch and Boeing.
Emily Nicklin is praised by clients for her "tremendous courtroom strength" in cases involving professional liability, securities, contract, tort and discrimination for clients such as PwC and Medtronic.
Mark Filip has recently reemerged on the Illinois litigation team after having previously served as the Deputy Attorney General. He now leads the firm's government, regulatory and internal investigations group and is hailed by numerous sources for his talent in this space, with one confirming: "Everybody loves him."
Sallie Smylie focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device liability, as well as commercial, securities and employment matters.