“Look on the bright side Tommy….I’m just fuckin’ with ya; there ain’t no fuckin bright side.” – Kirkland
Kirkland and Ellis are the closest this script has to a “villain”. They are federal agents tasked with bringing down the Bastoli crime syndicate. They first start with surveillance, then move on to infiltration by arresting Tommy and trying to turn him into a confidential informant.
They’re also the ones who put the pieces together about Natalie’s murder – informing John that if he knows who killed her abusive boyfriend, then he knows who killed her.
They are named after the famous law firm “Kirkland & Ellis LLP” headquartered in Chicago.