Kevin Crews is a founding partner of the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis. He regularly represents private equity funds and public and private companies in M&A, joint venture and investment transactions. Kevin has extensive experience advising clients across a broad range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, industrials and technology. In the energy space, Kevin has a particular focus on midstream and hard infrastructure, and also frequently advises clients on energy transition matters, including produced water management, energy technology, waste-to-fuels, renewables and sustainability, energy storage and carbon capture and sequestration. Kevin is recognized in The Legal 500 United States - Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas. He is also recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” for M&A and Oil & Gas in the U.S. by IFLR1000. In addition, Kevin received the Texas Lawyer’s 2020 Professional Excellence Award as an attorney “On the Rise” and was featured in Forty under 40 in Hart Energy, Oil and Gas Investor.


Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

"Midstream Missing from Carbon Capture Incentives, Analysts Say," Hart Energy, November 3, 2022


Unlocking Value in Carve-Out M&A Transactions,” Law360, November 2, 2023

The Carbon Capture Opportunity for Midstreamers,” The Texas Lawbook, October 22, 2021

"Preparing a Midstream Company for a Successful Post-Pandemic Exit," The Texas Lawbook, August 11, 2020 

"Midstream M&A," Financier Worldwide Magazine, October 2018

"Oil And Gas – Seeking The Hand of Private Equity," Law360, January 16, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “Fireside Chat,” Energy Infrastructure Council Investor Conference, May 2023

Presenter, “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Energy Dealmaking in a Decarbonizing Future,” 18th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, UT Law CLE, October 2022

Presenter, “The COVID Evolution of Purchase Agreements: Where Are We Now?” Association of Corporate Counsel, September 2021


500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2024

Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2023

Notable Practitioner, Mergers & Acquisitions, IFLR1000, 2020–2023

Best Lawyer Under 40, D Magazine, 2021

On the Rise, Professional Excellence Awards, Texas Lawyer, 2020 

Forty Under 40, Hart Energy, Oil and Gas Investor, 2019

Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas, The Legal 500 United States, 2019

Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers, 2014–2020

Leadership Arts Institute, Business Council for the Arts, 2017–2018

Memberships & Affiliations

Board, KidLinks Energy

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Kevin is also an adjunct lecturer at University of Texas Law School teaching a course on negotiating M&A and other corporate transactions.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Texas


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2008

    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

    Columbia Business Law Review

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel HillB.A.summa cum laude, with Highest Honors2003