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Kirkland and Ellis is a very large and prestigious law firm that is based in the U.S. It also commands a strong international presence. A full-service law firm Kirkland counts among its esteemed clients many Fortune 250 firms. The firm deals in litigation, corporate, and tax fields; besides intellectual property related work in all its offices. Kirkland lawyers are aggressive, intelligent, and hardworking. Whatever practice area, from corporate to litigation practice groups, the work is demanding. This firm takes its work seriously and appears to get some of the finest work in the nation. This firm is one of the top three full-service firms in town in terms of quality of work, profitability, prestige, and clientele list. The firm is committed to improving diversity both within and in practice areas too. It also encourages all of its lawyers to participate in pro bono activities.

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Firm location 1st Year 2nd year 3rd Year 4th Year 5th Year 6th Year 7th Year 8th Year Summer Associate
Chicago $135,000 $145,000 $160,000 $175,000 $195,000 $205,000 N/A N/A $2,600/week
Washington $135,000 $145,000 $160,000 $175,000 $195,000 $205,000 N/A N/A $2,600/week
Los Angeles $135,000 $145,000 $160,000 $175,000 $195,000 $205,000 N/A N/A $2,600/week
San Francisco $135,000 $145,000 $160,000 $175,000 $195,000 $205,000 N/A N/A $2,600/week
New York $145,000 $155,000 $170,000 $190,000 $210,000 $225,000 N/A N/A $2,800/week

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On Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, an eight-person federal jury in Oxford, Miss., returned a unanimous verdict for Kirkland & Ellis LLP client NL Industries following a three-week trial. The plaintiffs were 14 children who alleged brain damage and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and peripheral neuropathy as a result of lead poisoning by NL Industries’ lead paint in their apartments.

Plaintiffs sought in excess of $25 million in compensatory damages and had retained an economist to testify in an expected punitive damages phase, where plaintiffs were expected to seek $75 to $100 million in punitive damages. As to each of the 14 plaintiffs, the jury responded “no” to the question whether NL Industrieswas liable as a result of a design defect and/or negligence. Accordingly, the jury awarded no damages, including on plaintiffs claim for medical monitoring.

In light of the importance of the case to the entire industry, a number of former manufacturers of lead paint and lead pigment assigned lawyers to attend and monitor the trial. Pre-trial news reports focused on what lawyers for the plaintiffs called the “gene defense,” a reference to the expert testimony that a family history of learning problems and disabilities explained learning disabilities mild mental retardation among some of the plaintiffs.

The Mississippi case was only the second personal injury trial against a former manufacturer of lead-based paint. In the first such trial, also tried by Kirkland, a Baltimore jury in 2000 returned a verdict in favor of NL Industries in what The National Law Journal chronicled as a Defense Win of the Year.

Then, as in Mississippi, the trial team was led by Kirkland partner, Michael D. Jones, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. The Kirkland team also included Alicia Johnson, Nicole Goldstein, and Susan McGuire. Local counsel during the trial was James E. Upshaw and Ewin F. Henson III of Upshaw, Williams, Biggers, Beckham & Riddick, LLP.

Mr. Jones and his team presented evidence that showed the children were likely to have been exposed to lead from other sources. Soil samples near the Dewey Street Apartments in Greenwood, Miss., where they lived, contained lead from automotive materials such as car batteries and welding activity. Medical experts also testified that the children's learning disabilities, which plaintiffs alleged were caused by lead poisoning, were consistent with a family history of learning problems.

Noted Mr. Jones, “we were able to show through a balanced consideration of all of the evidence including the history of NL and science, that a finding for NL was both the right and legal thing to do. This task was made all the more challenging by the unrestrained appeal of sympathy for children that we all possess.”

U.S. District Judge Mike Mills presided over the trial.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,100-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, corporate, restructuring, tax and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York and San Francisco.

On July 13, a federal judge ruled in favor of Kirkland & Ellis LLP clients Forest Laboratories, Inc. and H. Lundbeck A/S in a patent infringement case against Ivax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Cipla Ltd.

Kirkland scored a major victory for Forest and Lundbeck when Judge Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. (D. Del.) upheld the patent protecting their antidepressant product Lexapro®, a product with $2 billion in annual U.S. sales.Given the magnitude of theLexapro® sales at risk, the lawsuit was extremely important to both Forest and Lundbeck.

Forest and Lundbeck initiated the legal dispute in 2003 with a lawsuit alleging infringement by Ivax. Forest and Lundbeck later expanded the case to include Cipla. Invalidating the Lexapro® patent would have allowed Ivax and Cipla to sell a generic version of the drug. Ivax and Cipla admitted to infringing the patent protecting Lexapro® through 2012, but challenged its validity and enforceability in the hopes of entering the market this year with a generic copy of the drug.

After conducting a bench trial in March and considering the post-trial briefing submitted by the parties in May, the Court issued a sweeping decision in favor of Forest and Lundbeck. In the Court's opinion (For a copy of the published opinion, please click here.), Judge Farnan concluded that: ""The evidence presented by Plaintiffs demonstrates that the patented invention is unprecedented in the prior art and that one skilled in the art would not have been able to make the invention, even if they were motivated to do so, without undue experimentation. Plaintiffs have also persuaded the Court that Lexapro® . . . has superior potency and efficacy compared with citalopram and other SSRIs which has resulted in its significant success in the market and the attempts by others to partake in that success by copying Lexapro® for generic sales.""

The Kirkland team was led by John Desmarais, Peter Armenio and Gerald Flattmann, Jr., and also included Maxine Graham, Ellen Scordino, Anne Toker, Christine Willgoos, Greg Morris and Mitchell Oates.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,100-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex intellectual property and technology, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, corporate, tax and restructuring matters. The Firm has offices in New York, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Munich, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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