Christopher Landau

Chris Landau

is the head of the Firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice, based in the Washington office. He has handled appeals involving a wide range of subject matters in courts all across the country, including the United States Supreme Court, every one of the federal courts of appeals, and many state appellate courts. Chris served twice as a law clerk at the United States Supreme Court, first to Justice Antonin Scalia (1990-91) and then to Justice Clarence Thomas (1991-92).

Most recently, Chris has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in appellate law. The 2014 edition noted his "'mastery of a number of substantive areas'" and "'huge amount of credibility with the Supreme Court.'" Peers also commended him as "'a hugely impressive lawyer'" with "'a lot of good qualities.'" The 2011 edition praised how “he impresses clients with his first-class intellectual ability and wise tactical sense” and the 2010 edition commended Chris on his “clear, direct and crisp style, and absolutely terrific business sense.” Previous editions of Chambers noted that he is a “wonderful resource, with great talent and the ability to communicate the most important issues to the judges.” Chris has also been featured in The National Law Journal's “2008 Appellate Hot List” and in the article “Young Guns” in which Kirkland was named as The American Lawyer's“2008 Litigation Department of the Year.” In addition, Chris was highlighted in the Washingtonian Magazine'sarticles “2007 Washington's Top Lawyers” and “40 Top Lawyers Under 40.” He was previously featured in the Chicago Lawyer's article “Clerks See Life on the Inside of the U.S. Supreme Court.” Chris has also commented on the Supreme Court on a variety of media outlets, including CNN, PBS, MSNBC, C-SPAN and radio.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation and 2) Appellate Litigation
Law School Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989, magna cum laude
Education Harvard University, A.B., History, 1985, summa cum laude (first in class)
Bar Member / Association State bar of District of Columbia
Most recent firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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