As one of the world’s top law firms, service is at the heart of everything we do — not only for our clients, but also for our people and communities. At Kirkland, we devote significant time and resources to providing pro bono legal services; championing diversity, equity and inclusion; enhancing health and wellbeing within the legal profession; and promoting environmental sustainability.
We believe in fostering an environment of belonging where everyone feels valued. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives permeate all facets of our Firm — from establishing a culture and policies that embrace and support varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas, to tackling legal work that advances civil rights and equality in greater society.
We have a rich history of high-impact pro bono legal work that defends civil rights and helps people navigate the judicial system, including guiding asylum seekers through immigration proceedings, protecting voting rights, reforming the criminal justice system and advising small business owners facing economic hardships.
At Kirkland, we're focused on the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of our attorneys and staff. The Kirkland Wellbeing Program — one of the industry’s most comprehensive — educates personnel, destigmatizes discussion of mental health topics and provides pathways to support.
As climate change and sustainability topics dominate headlines and increasingly influence the flow of global capital, our focus on environmental stewardship has also grown. We pursue initiatives to operate more sustainably and help our clients navigate the opportunities and challenges within this increasingly critical area.
In an era defined by a global pandemic, racial and social injustice, and a mounting climate crisis, we have strengthened our longstanding commitment to building a better and more resilient future for our people, our clients, the legal profession and the global community.
American Lawyer, 2011-2021
Beacon of Justice Award
National Legal Aid & Defender Association, 2020-2022
Empire Whole Health Heroes Awards
Crain’s New York Business, 2020
Corporate Equality Index
Human Rights Campaign, 2006-2022
FT North America Innovative Lawyers - Wellbeing
Financial Times, 2021
Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards
North America: Chambers & Partners, 2021
Pro Bono and Community Service Awards
The Law Society of Hong Kong, 2021
Robert F. Mullen Pro Bono Award
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2021