Bill Benitez is a partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice concentrates on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate counseling. Bill has worked on transactions in a variety of industry segments, including infrastructure, upstream, midstream, transportation and logistics, mining, chemicals and industrials, energy and industrial services, engineering and construction, renewables and clean energy and power generation.

Bill is recognized by clients for “incredible client service” in oil and gas transactions in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also recognized in the 2017–2020 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for oil and gas transactions and as a “Notable Practitioner” in the 2019-2020 editions of IFLR1000 for private equity and mergers and acquisitions.

Bill also devotes substantial time to immigration-related pro bono matters involving victims of domestic violence and actively participates in diversity and recruiting efforts as a member of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Prior to Northwestern University’s JD-MBA program, Bill was a Manager in the North America consulting practice of Accenture in Houston. During his tenure with Accenture, Bill led consulting teams on behalf of various clients in connection with new system and process implementation, as well as post-merger integration.


Thought Leadership


Presenter, “Innovative and Tax-Efficient REIT Structures for the Midstream Sector,” Midstream REIT Seminar, Houston (February 2020)

Presenter, “Recent Trends in Midstream Oil and Gas Joint Ventures,” Webinar (January 2019)


Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), 2020

Notable Practitioner, Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions, IFLR1000, 2019

Next Generation Lawyer, Energy Transactions — Oil and Gas, 2017–2020 editions of The Legal 500 U.S.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Awards, 2010–2018

National Immigrant Justice Center Rising Star Award, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Posse Foundation - Houston Advisory Board

Member, Law School Fund Board - Pritzker Northwestern School of Law

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009Illinois
  • 2015Texas


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2009
    Public Service Star Award winner
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of ManagementM.B.A., Finance2009
    Co-President of the JD-MBA Association, 2007–2008 and 2008–2009
  • Louisiana State UniversityB.S., Marketingcum laude1998
    Athletic Department Scholarship