Richard C. Godfrey
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Mr. Godfrey is a senior litigation partner of Kirkland, and a director and/or Trustee of various non-profit educational and cultural institutions, including Boston University, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Augustana College, The Appleseed Foundation, and The American Air Museum in Britain, among others. He has over 36 years of experience as a trial and appellate counsel litigating numerous complex and class action matters, including as counsel for BP in matters arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (MDL 2179, E.D. La.), and as GM’s counsel in the Vehicle Ignition Switch Recall Litigation (MDL 2543, S.D.N.Y.). Mr. Godfrey is the 2013 recipient of the Pillars of Justice Award, presented by the Appleseed Foundation and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice in recognition of his contributions to pro bono work.