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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Kevin Van Wart is of counsel in Kirkland’s Chicago office, where he concentrates in complex litigation, including mass tort claims, class action lawsuits, product liability and pharmaceutical claims, and high stakes commercial disputes. Kevin has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in a wide variety of cases throughout the country and teaches trial advocacy at the University of Chicago Law School.


Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1982; Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1976. Admitted to the Illinois Bar.

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United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong reputation for defending clients in civil and criminal enforcement matters involving the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and other state regulators. Heading the group is Washington DC-based Jeanne Cohn-Connor, who represents clients in environmental enforcement cases and has core strength in environmental issues in the context of restructurings and bankruptcies. Other key figures include Andrew Langan and Kevin Van Wart, who handle a range of environmental litigation, but are especially active in mass tort claims; Andrew Running, who is particularly experienced in contamination claims and disputes involving hazardous waste clean-up; and Douglas Smith, another contact for class action litigation. All named attorneys are based in Chicago, unless stated otherwise.