James Brownstein is a corporate partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice is primarily focused on private equity mergers and acquisitions, and he also represents private equity-owned companies in strategic mergers and acquisitions as well as routine corporate, governance and executive compensation matters.

Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis LLP, James worked as a corporate lawyer in Melbourne, Australia. His experience from Australia includes public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and corporate governance matters.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2020California
  • 2016New York
  • 2013High Court of Australia
  • 2013Supreme Court of Victoria


  • New York University School of LawLL.M., Corporate Law2015
    Graduate Editor, NYU Law Journal of Law and Business
  • University of MelbourneB.Com., Accounting; LL.B.Honours2012