Chelsea Darnell is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice primarily focuses on public and private company merger and acquisition transactions, corporate governance matters and activism defense. Chelsea has significant experience advising public companies and private equity firms on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, spin-offs and carve-outs, minority investments and securities offerings.

In 2023, Chelsea was recognized by The Deal as one of the “Top Women in Dealmaking” for M&A.



Recognized as one of the "Top Women in Dealmaking" by The Deal, 2023


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014New York


  • University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D.summa cum laude2013

    Order of the Coif

    University of Pennsylvania Law Review

  • University of KentuckyB.S.B.E., Economics & Spanish; B.A., Political Science & International Studiessumma cum laude2010