Ms Elizabeth Hess > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Elizabeth Hess has broad experience representing clients in government enforcement defense and internal investigations, and in a variety of litigation matters. She defends corporations and corporate executives in government investigations and other criminal and regulatory proceedings in connection with various allegations. She also leads internal investigations for a variety of clients and counsels clients on the adequacy of their internal controls and compliance policies and procedures.

Elizabeth has also acted as trial, appellate, and arbitration counsel in both individual and class action suits involving claims in various practice areas, including state and federal False Claims Act liability, complex commercial disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, consumer fraud, securities and shareholder class actions, and professional liability involving auditors/accountants, architects, engineers and contractors.


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2004 (Edwin Mandel Award; Comment Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum; Clinical Program, MacArthur Justice Center; Member, Edwin Mandel Legal Aid Clinic Student Board); University of Chicago, A.B., Political Science, 2001 with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the construction practice acts in high-stakes and high-value disputes cases, while also providing services in contract negotiation and drafting, project oversight and pre-litigation counseling. Based in New York and Chicago, Jeffrey Willian has advised on several build and engineering cost defects and overruns. The rest of the team is mostly Chicago-based, where Hariklia Karis often acts in alleged breach of contract and ensuing settlement cases, while Elizabeth Hess specialises in professional liability cases involving architects, engineers and sub-contractors. Of counsel James Nowacki lists architects, contractors and owners among his clients for industrial, transportation, office building and manufacturing-based work.