James P. Gillespie

James Gillespie

is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis. He joined Kirkland in 1991 and has been a partner since 1994.

James has acted as lead trial and appellate counsel in a wide variety of complex commercial and class action litigation matters. The subject matter of these cases has included corporate governance & shareholder litigation, consumer class actions, insurance coverage disputes, ERISA, RICO, antitrust, and securities. Representative clients on his matters include: Siemens AG, Bell Atlantic/NYNEX, GTE Corporation, General Motors, Verizon Communications, S. C. Johnson, AOL, Time Warner, Bayer, Thrivent Financial, Hershey Foods, Knights of Columbus, Pyramid Companies, BP/Amoco, Raytheon Company, Motorola, Morgan Stanley, BellSouth Corporation, Shell Oil, and Constellation Energy Group.

James earned his B.A. degree from Grinnell College in 1985. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame, where he also served as an Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, James was a law clerk for the Honorable George E. MacKinnon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1989-1991, James was an associate with Cravath, Swain & Moore in New York City.

James is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the New York State Bar, as well as to numerous federal district and appellate courts.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation and 2) Commercial Litigation
Law School University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1988 Served as an Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review, 1987-1988
Education Grinnell College, B.A., 1985
Bar Member / Association State bar of District of Columbia,State bar of New York
Most recent firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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