Ms Christa Cottrell > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Christa Cottrell represents clients in high-profile commercial and class action litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust, employment and commercial contract disputes. Christa has broad experience in all aspects of litigation and has served as trial counsel in a number of high-profile cases. In the antitrust area, she regularly litigates conspiracy and monopolization cases arising in both commercial and class action contexts.


American Bar Association; Women’s Bar Association; Illinois Bar Association; Center for Conflict Resolution.


University of Michigan, B.A., English & Political Science, University Honors, 2002; University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1998.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

A client describes Kirkland & Ellis LLP as the ‘best in business’ in the class action antitrust space, praising the firm for its ‘thoughtful, pragmatic, and effective’ approach. Monopolization, pricing disputes, unfair competition, intellectual property, and price discrimination are among the issues covered by the team and are also Chicago-based James Mutchnik‘s areas of focus. Daniel Laytin, also located in Chicago, represents defendants in high-stakes class action and civil litigation matters across the US. The firm has recently expanded its team with the arrivals of antitrust and competition attorney Andrea Agathoklis Murino and litigation specialist Matthew Wheatley, who both joined the Washington DC office in early 2021 from GoodwinChrista Cottrell, who also forms part of the firm’s Chicago bench, has litigated complex class actions for clients such as General Motors and Sanderson Farms, among others.