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82 join the club – eight new partners in City as Kirkland makes up more than Macfarlanes’ entire partnership

In one of the largest global partnership promotion rounds, Kirkland & Ellis has made up eight of its London associates to partner in a round that saw 82 lawyers join the global partnership, including one promotion from of counsel to partner.

While London saw 10% of the firm’s total promotions, some 67% were made in the US with the largest in Chicago – the firm’s original hometown – which saw 25 associates move up the ranks, followed by 15 in Washington DC and 14 in New York.

The remainder were appointed in Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Munich, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Shanghai.

While the firm does not tend to promote partners as equity members, the firm is known to make up associates earlier on in their careers and therefore has a large number of junior partners.

Last year’s round saw 80 lawyers promoted to the global partnership, six of which were made up from of counsel or counsel. Of the total, seven associates were made up in London, predominantly within corporate, followed by debt finance, private funds and tax.

This year has followed the same pattern with the eight City promotions comprising four in corporate, and one each in tax, intellectual property, restructuring and debt finance.

All partner promotions will go into effect on 1 October this year.

Full list of promotions below:


Oliver Currall-Tax

Emma Flett-Intellectual Property

Andrew Hagan-Corporate

Mark Knight-Restructuring

Mateja Maher-Corporate

Matthew Merkle-Corporate

Bryan Robson-Debt Finance

Jonathan Tadd-Corporate


Mengyu Lu-Corporate


Matthew Arenson-Corporate

Rana Barakat-Litigation

Kevin Bettsteller-Corporate

Paul Daniel Bond-Intellectual Property

Elizabeth Cutri-Intellectual Property

Casey Fronk-Litigation

Leslie Garthwaite-Litigation

Eugene Goryunov-Intellectual Property

William Guerrieri-Restructuring

Matthew Hays-Corporate

Shay-Ann Heiser Singh-Litigation

Zachary Holmstead-Litigation

Benjamin Kurtz-Litigation

Daniel Lewis-Intellectual Property

Aaron Lorber-Intellectual Property

Simeon Papacostas-Intellectual Property

Michael Perl-Corporate

Ferlillia Roberson-Intellectual Property

Luke Ruse-Litigation

Gregory Ryckman-Litigation

Hari Santhanam-Intellectual Property

Alec Solotorovsky-Litigation

Jessica Staiger-Litigation

Brad Weiland-Restructuring

David Wolff-Real Estate

Hong Kong

 Joey Chau-Corporate

Damian Jacobs-Corporate

Soo-Yien Khor-Corporate

Steve Lin-Corporate

Peng Qi-Corporate

Los Angeles

 Erin Kolter-Intellectual Property

Christopher Lawless-Intellectual Property

Sharre Lotfollahi-Intellectual Property

Alice Yuan-Corporate


Marcus Klie-Corporate

New York

Devora Allon-Litigation

Jared Bárcenas-Intellectual Property

Jon Carter-Intellectual Property

Andrew Day-Corporate

Charles Fellers-Corporate

Warren Haskel-Litigation

Suzi Sabogal-Executive Compensation

Leslie Schmidt-Intellectual Property

Nicholas Schwartz-Corporate

Jennifer Sheehan-Real Estate

Kristin Sheffield-Whitehead-Litigation

Eric Sievertsen-Corporate

Vincent Thorn-Tax

Paul Watt-Corporate

Palo Alto

Alex Kaufman-Corporate

Brian Lee-Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Akshay Deoras-Intellectual Property

Vlad Kroll-Corporate

Matt Nadworny-Corporate

Priya Purnachandra Pai-Corporate

Patricia Ring-Trusts and Estates


Cheryl Yuan-Corporate

Tiana Zhang-Litigation

Washington DC

Winn Allen-Litigation

Heather Bloom-Litigation

Marin Boney-Antitrust and Competition

Anders Fjellstedt-Intellectual Property

Jonathan Ganter-Litigation

Michael Glick-Litigation

Liam Hardy-Litigation

Jonathan Janow-Litigation

Ebony Sunala Johnson-Litigation

Jonathan Kidwell-Environmental Transactions

Joseph Oliveri-Litigation

Michael Petrino-Litigation

Michael Podberesky-Litigation

Tia Trout-Perez-Litigation

Sarah Hawkins Warren-Litigation