Kristen A. Curatolo is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Kristen works closely with a diverse clientele to create custom estate plans and implement sophisticated wealth transfer techniques. Her clients include multiple generations of ultra-high net worth families, private equity fund principals, and leaders in the financial industry. She advises individuals, institutions and family offices regarding the administration of complex trusts and estates. She has developed particular experience working with principals of private equity funds and venture capital firms to transfer interests in investment funds in a tax efficient manner. She is also experienced with modifying, consolidating, terminating, and “decanting” existing trusts, as well as transferring the situs of trusts for tax and non-tax purposes.

Kristen regularly counsels clients on nonprofit formation (public charities and private foundations), grant-making, board fiduciary duties, corporate governance and compliance issues. She also assists clients with structured charitable giving, including restricted gift agreements and charitable trusts.


Thought Leadership


Contributor, "Year in Review," Trust & Estates Magazine

Contributor, "The Complete Estate Planning Sourcebook," Wolters Kluwer

"Planning at the Eleventh Hour: Part II: Augmenting A Practitioner’s Checklist for Clients Near Death," Penton Wealth Management, Trusts & Estates, March 21, 2019

Planning at the Eleventh Hour: A Practitioner’s Checklist for Clients Near Death,” Penton Wealth Management, Trusts & Estates, May 18, 2016

“Sales to IDGTS: A Hearty Recipe for Tax Savings,” Fall 2014

“Reading Between the Lines, Putting “Personal” Back into Personal Law,” American Bar Association, Probate & Property Magazine, March 2014

“Planning for Franchisee Succession, Asset Protection,” American Bar Association, The Franchise Lawyer, Fall 2013

Press Mentions

“‘Elmo’s Song’ Case Gives Kirkland Associate Chance to Shine,” Bloomberg Law, September 13, 2017

Kirkland, NYC Charities Secure 'Sesame Street' Royalties,” Law360, August 25, 2017

Your Money: The Truth About 'Power of Attorney' Documents,” www.nj.com, July 01, 2014

Your Money: The Taxing Truth About Inheritances,” www.nj.com, April 09, 2014


Gifting Strategies: Leveraging Your Client’s Gift Tax Exemption Now and Planning for 2026 (and Beyond), Webinar, Strafford (2019)

Planning at the Eleventh Hour: A Practitioner’s Checklist for Clients Near Death, Norfolk & Plymouth Estate and Business Planning Council, Randolph, Massachusetts (2017)

Planning at the Eleventh Hour: A Practitioner’s Checklist for Clients Near Death, Webinar, Penton Wealth Management, Trusts & Estates (2016)

Probate Boot Camp, National Business Institute (2015)

Digital Assets, Planning with; Bequeathing of; Disposing of; and Protecting Your Digital Assets After Your Death, Rockland County Estate Planning Council, Nyack, New York (2014)

Women, Money and Power in American Society, Princeton Senior Resource Center, Princeton, New Jersey (2014)


Kirkland 2017 Pro Bono Achievements”, pages 16–17

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service, 2016, 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of Estate and Gift Taxation Committee, New York City Bar

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Member, Florida Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011New Jersey
  • 2012New York
  • 2012Florida


  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Tax Court


  • New York University School of LawLL.M., Taxation2018
  • Rutgers School of Law at CamdenJ.D.2011

    Rutgers School of Law Award for Excellence in Trusts & Estates

    Research Editor (Executive Board), Rutgers Law Journal

  • The College of New JerseyB.A., English2008