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Kirkland & Ellis Hires Lawyer Salehi for Investigations Team

Sept. 28, 2021, 11:00 AM

Kirkland & Ellis has added Sidley Austin partner Nader Salehi as a member of its Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations practice group in its Washington office.

Salehi officially joined Kirkland on Monday after more than eight years with Sidley, where he landed following a stint as a staff attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He told Bloomberg Law he’s represented major investment banks, asset managers, and public companies in internal and SEC investigations.

“It was my conclusion that Kirkland was really attracting a level of talent that was attractive to me both in terms of lawyers who worked there and in terms of clients,” Nader told Bloomberg Law.

Kirkland is the country’s largest firm by gross revenue, bringing in more than $4.8 billion last year. The firm is also representing Facebook Inc. and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in former President Donald Trump’s free speech lawsuits. This month, the firm opened a new office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We’re proud that Kirkland continues to be a very attractive firm for the most talented and successful lawyers, such as Nader,” said Jon Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s executive committee in a Tuesday statement. “Nader’s passionate pursuit of success for his clients and his team-oriented approach make him an ideal fit for Kirkland.”

Kirkland’s Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations group boasts multiple former federal officials from the Department of Justice, the SEC, and the White House, such as former Obama-era White House associate counsel Allison Murphy and ex-Department of Justice assistant attorney general Brian Benczkowski.

“Clients turn to Kirkland when the stakes are highest—whether it be a public crisis or a major enforcement action,” said Mark Filip, an executive committee member and head of the firm’s Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations practice, in the statement.

“Nader’s unmatched experience in SEC enforcement, leading sensitive and mission-critical investigations for top banks, financial firms and boards, is a perfect complement to this team’s robust roster of talent,” Filip said.

Kirkland has also tapped Ropes & Gray for a new private equity partner. Laura Steinke joined the firm’s New York office representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. Earlier this month, the firm also snagged M&A specialist Bradley Friedman from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

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