Ms Anna Rotman > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
609 Main Street
Houston, Tx 77002
United States
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Anna G. Rotman leads the litigation practice in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Anna has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state courts, federal courts, and arbitrations throughout the United States. She has accumulated significant first-chair trial experience in business disputes, representing both large and small companies, and in restructuring-related litigation, representing both debtors and creditors. Chambers reports her “growing reputation in the market, with one source describing her as an ‘exceptional advocate’” and notes that “clients value her ‘well-reasoned and extremely practical advice.’” A Texas Lawyer “Women in Energy,” Anna has played a leading role in hallmark cases shaping the energy industry in recent years. In 2018, Law360 named her to its list of “10 Influential Women in Energy.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Anna has been honored as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 100 Trial Attorneys” in the country and as one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation.” She has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for her work in antitrust litigation. Anna clerked for the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis on the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.

Anna is an active leader in the legal community, serving as the President of the Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas and of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Houston. She is also an appointed member of the Local Rules Committee for the Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court. Within Kirkland, Anna leads the Women’s Leadership Initiative in the Houston office and serves on the firmwide Administration Committee, Associate and Partner Compensation Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Special Fee Arrangements Committee.


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2004; Georgetown University, B.S., School of Foreign Service, magna cum laude, 1998; Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, Honors Diploma,1996–1997.

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.

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s impressive track record of work in the oil and gas space includes representation in industry-wide criminal antitrust cases, cases arising from oil spills and those concerning refinery explosions. Anna Rotman (Houston), Daniel Donovan (DC) and Matthew Regan (Chicago) are key contacts for the firm’s litigation practice. The team handled significant work for BP in 2018; in an ongoing matter, Regan and others act for the client in civil litigation and appeals arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and fire, which resulted in an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In DC, Ragan Naresh and Donovan are representing defendant Chesapeake Appalachia in a lawsuit brought by some lessors of land in Wyoming alleging violations of well-density and pooling requirements, the underpayment of royalties, and failure to operate for the mutual benefit of the parties. Chicago-based senior litigation partner Richard Godfrey is also recommended. Of counsel Nicholas Gladd (DC), who has expertise in both regulatory and contentious matters, joined from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March 2019.