Bloomberg Law
Dec. 3, 2021, 11:00 AMUpdated: Dec. 3, 2021, 2:03 PM

Kirkland Chair: Growth Plans Forced Partner Track Change (1)

Roy Strom
Roy Strom

Kirkland & Ellis chairman Jon Ballis said the firm’s decision to consider promoting its lawyers for share partner one year earlier was driven by “massive opportunities” for future growth and because leadership can tell sooner when lawyers are ready for the next step.

“It really is about providing more opportunities for our people because our business is growing at a scale that requires more senior lawyers in the right spots,” Ballis said in an interview with Bloomberg Law. The Chicago-based private equity lawyer took the reins of the largest law firm by revenue in early 2020.

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