Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Richard C Godfrey

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Practice Areas

Rick is a senior litigation partner who for over three decades has acted as trial and appellate counsel in representing large publicly-held corporations in some of the nation’s largest, most high-profile complex litigation matters. In addition, he advises senior management and corporate Boards regarding litigation risks and strategy. Rick has represented BP in Deepwater Horizon; GM in the Ignition Switch and Vehicle Recall products liability and economic loss class action litigation; Aon in the insurance brokerage antitrust litigation arising out of New York Attorney General Spitzer’s investigation; Windstream in its bond covenant litigation; a large insurance company for over a decade in age discrimination lawsuits brought by the EEOC and in ERISA and age discrimination suits brought by plaintiffs’ class action lawyers; Exxon in gasoline pricing class action litigation; General Motors Corporation in its retiree health care litigation; and BP in various environmental class action lawsuits, among many others.

Professional Memberships

Trustee, member and fellow of numerous institutions and organizations, including serving as a Litigation Member of Kirkland’s Global Executive Management Committee for 16 years, having reached his maximum term limit.


Boston University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude)