Mr Stefan Atkinson > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Stefan works on a range of complex litigation matters in the United States and abroad, including securities, M&A and antitrust suits. He also regularly counsels companies and their directors on issues of corporate governance and litigation, often in connection with major strategic transactions. Stefan’s clients have included 3G Capital, Barnes & Noble, H.J. Heinz, Mylan, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Starwood Hotels, Vitamin Shoppe, The Williams Companies and Xerox.


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009, Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship (highest honor at graduation), Managing Editor, Michigan Law Review, Class Speaker, Order of the Coif; Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 2003, Captain, Harvard Rugby Football Club, President, Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

(Next Generation Partners)

Stefan AtkinsonKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains at the forefront of corporate governance and M&A litigation, as well as advising on pre-litigation issues in deal structures and strategies, as well as taking matters all the way to trial. Its work spans cases arising from large M&A, shareholder activism, proxy contests, tender offers, as well as leveraged buyout and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions. The firm has a stellar track record in high-profile matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the state and federal courts in New York, and other state and federal courts across the country, and it continues to be involved in market-leading matters. Key partner Sandra Goldstein won a complete dismissal for Amcor in a post-closing class action arising from the company’s $6.8bn acquisition of Bemis Company. Matthew Solum, who is handling a shareholder class action for BC Partners, and Yosef Riemer, are among the other key attorneys. Up-and-coming partners Stefan Atkinson and Washington DC-based Joshua Rabinovitz also play key roles in the practice. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

(Next Generation Partners)

Stefan Atkinson Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP consolidated its status as a leading securities litigation firm in 2021, with a string of victories and a strong pipeline of new mandates across the full spectrum of 10(b) stock drop and IPO-related class actions, M&A and proxy-related disputes, shareholder derivative suits, structured finance litigation, books and records demands, and litigation demands on boards. Sandra Goldstein in New York and Mark Filip in Chicago are among the firm’s standout practitioners. Acknowledged securities litigation expert Goldstein acted for 3G Capital, a major shareholder in Kraft Heinz, in class actions and derivative cases concerning a $15.4bn write-down of Kraft Heinz’s assets and the disclosure of an SEC investigation into the company’s accounting policies, procedures and controls. Stefan Atkinson in New York is heavily involved in cases involving special purpose acquisition companies. Joshua Rabinovitz in Washington DC ‘told us exactly what to expect from the representation, and what to expect as the case proceeded, including all the various permutations it might take, so we were always prepared’, remarks one client.