William Eiland is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. William’s practice focuses on private equity and energy transactions, with a particular emphasis on acquisitions and divestures in the upstream sector. His transactional experience also includes advising clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures, farmout and participation agreements to develop oil and gas properties, and other transactions concerning the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and gas properties. William began his career in the oil and gas industry working with private investors to acquire mineral interests located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Alabama.


Thought Leadership


Moderator, "NonOp & Minerals Publics Panel," Minerals & Royalties Assembly, October 2023

Moderator, “Buyers Spotlight,” A&D Strategies & Opportunities Conference, October 2022

Presenter, “ORRIs, VPPs and other Structured Alternatives to Traditional Financing,” Annual Energy Law Conference, Institute for Energy Law, February 2022


Recognized for Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas by The Legal 500 United States, 2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016Texas


  • SMU Dedman School of LawJ.D.cum laude2016

    Articles Editor, SMU International Law Review Association

    Dean's List

  • Southern Methodist UniversityB.S., Economics with Financial Applications; B.A., Political Science2012