Mr Andrew Kassof > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Andrew Kassof is one of the leaders of Kirkland’s litigation practice and a member of the Firm’s Global Management Executive Committee.

Andrew recently co-led and tried two billion dollar cases to successful verdicts — one on the plaintiff side in federal court in NY, and the other for the defense in federal court in Texas; has tried many additional cases to successful verdicts in state courts, federal courts, and arbitration; and represents multiple corporate clients from different industries in various complex commercial disputes, False Claims Act and class actions in state and federal courts in nearly every state in the country.

In the past year, Andrew has secured awards for plaintiffs and dismissals for defendants in commercial cases seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Delaware and California. In the False Claims Act space, Andrew has litigated and obtained dismissals and judgments in Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois and California. Andrew also leads Kirkland’s alternative fee program for the litigation group and often handles both plaintiff and defense-side cases on flat fee or contingency fee structures for multiple firm clients.

In the sports area, Andrew has successfully represented various sports teams, including the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Angels, the United States Soccer Federation, sports leagues, and players in the NBA and NFL. Law360 recently named Andrew one of five “Sports MVPs” in its national “MVPs of the Year” list.


The George Washington University Law School, magna cum laude, 1997, Order of the Coif; University of Virginia, magna cum laude, 1994.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘brings an almost unique set of strengths and resources to address complex, high-stakes commercial litigation.’ The practice is noted for its breadth, with expertise in civil trials, congressional inquiries, securities litigation, class action claims and government investigations, among others. Defendants and plaintiffs alike approach the group for legal support in crises. The New York-based Sandra Goldstein is noted for her expertise in fraud class actions, securities and commercial disputes. Mark Filip, who divides his time between Chicago and Washington DC, has a strong track record for civil cases: he is for instance acting for Allergan in the Opioids litigation. James Hurst‘s broad practice spans patent, products liability, trade secret, criminal, antitrust, and contract matters, and Andrew Kassof has know-how in trying cases; both are based in Chicago. New York’s Aaron Marks is well versed in acting for financial institutions. Other prominent practitioners are Richard Godfrey and Diana Watral in Chicago, as well as Craig Primis in Washington DC.