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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Robert Ellis is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. His practice focuses principally on complex commercial disputes and class action matters. Rob has represented large corporate clients in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, including breach of contract, professional liability, non-compete and trade secret matters. Rob also has extensive experience defending complex consumer fraud and product liability class actions.


Law ClerkHonorable Abner J. Mikva, Chief JudgeUnited States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Served as counsel to the Admissions Review Commission formed by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn to investigate admissions practices at the University of Illinois.

Recipient of Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award for outstanding pro bono service in 2009.


  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.summa cum laude1991

    Order of the Coif

    Harno Fellow

    Hough Scholarship

    Articles Editor, University of Illinois Law Review

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., General Engineering1988

    Gamma Epsilon

    General Engineering Honor Society

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is particularly adept at handling high-stakes product liability and mass tort disputes with potentially reputation threatening consequences for the defendants. As well as the firm’s ability to provide ‘highly strategic‘ guidance, it is also well-versed in understanding and explaining often highly complex technical and scientific issues, including in MDLs for generic pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies. The firm’s Chicago headquarters contain a particularly strong concentration of prominent product liability litigators, including Renee SmithRobert Ellis and the vastly experienced Andrew McGaan.