Ms Hariklia Karis > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Hariklia Karis is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis with extensive experience in jury and bench trial, arbitration and appellate, product liability, insurance coverage, and construction law litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Hariklia’s successful defense of General Motors Corporation was chosen as one of the top defense wins by The National Law Journal. She was also recently recognized as a Lead Female Trial Lawyer for her work in large exposure civil litigation. In 2018, she was named to Crain’s list of Most Notable Women Lawyers. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches “Trial Advocacy.”

Hariklia has managed and tried massive disaster litigation cases for clients, in which substantial reputational and financial exposure is at risk. She served as lead trial counsel for BP in the litigation arising from the “Deepwater Horizon” oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in several regulatory agency and government investigations that resulted in numerous nationally televised and highly publicized trials. She also serves as trial counsel for General Motors in state and federal cases arising out of the company’s voluntary recalls related to ignition switches and other safety issues.


DePaul University College of Law, J.D., with High Honors and Distinction, 1995, Dean’s List, Order of the Coif, Notes and Comments Editor,  DePaul Law Review; Loyola University Chicago, B.A., magna cum laude, 1990, Awarded Wall Street Journal Scholarship for highest G.P.A. (4.0) in Finance Department.

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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.