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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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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.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s ‘bright and practical‘ litigation partners are noted for their ‘unparalleled responsiveness and creativity‘. The firm is sought out by Fortune 100 companies and major private equity houses and stands out for its significant trial capabilities. In high-profile work, Andrew Kassof and Mark Filip defended the Los Angeles Rams in a $1bn breach of contract case relating to the NFL team’s relocation, while a team that included Richard Godfrey, Andrew Bloomer and Hariklia Karis represented General Motors in sprawling class action and personal injury disputes arising out of the company’s ignition switch recalls; of the roughly 4,000 claims brought, around 70% have been resolved by settlement, dismissal, withdrawal or trial. Elsewhere, James Hurst and Jordan Heinz, working pro bono with Lambda Legal, represent transgender individuals serving or wishing to serve in the military in a discrimination, First Amendment and Fifth Amendment lawsuit against the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender individuals. Also recommended are Paul Clement and Eugene Assaf in Washington DC, and Anna Rotman in Houston. Named lawyers are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.