2011 – Jordan M. Heinz

Jordan HeinzJust six years into his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis, Jordan Heinz already is widely recognized as a leader and exceptional lawyer. At the same time, he has made extraordinary contributions to the pro bono and public interest community by handling individual cases, serving as an ambassador for the causes and organizations he supports, and taking on leadership roles throughout the community.

Since joining the firm, Jordan has contributed more than 1,600 pro bono hours representing indigent prisoners, assisting nonprofits, serving as guardian ad litem for disabled adults, and handling a myriad of other legal matters. In addition to his direct legal service, Jordan is a critical part of the pro bono management team at Kirkland. As the associate pro bono coordinator he is instrumental in engaging many other Kirkland associates in pro bono by, among other activities, personally working to place difficult cases, answering questions about pro bono, and working with firm leaders to plan pro bono projects.

In addition, Jordan has taken on leadership roles throughout the legal community. As just two examples, Jordan helped create and continues to serve on the junior board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and is the incoming president of the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. In addition to his pro bono service, Jordan strives to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive through his work with a variety of committees and organizations.

Jordan carries out all of this work with infectious good cheer, genuine modesty, and unselfish dedication to the end goals of furthering the ideals of the legal profession, serving the community, and improving access to justice for low-income and other disadvantaged individuals. Recognizing the range and depth of Jordan’s work, as well as his engaging personality, one of his nominators stated simply, “Jordan is well known and well-loved throughout Chicago’s legal services community.”