Jonathan Fombonne is a litigation partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP with broad experience in complex commercial litigation and appeals. Recently, Jonathan’s practice has focused on securities class actions and shareholder litigation, as well as developing a facility with bankruptcy-related litigation. Jonathan has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country in a variety of matters, including breach of contract and fraud, antitrust, personal injury, and consumer class actions. Jonathan’s practice also extends to government and internal investigations. In particular, he uses his international background to assist U.S. clients in high-stakes investigations by foreign governments. In addition, Jonathan regularly uses his litigation experience to advise transactional attorneys on potential litigation risks associated with transactions, and to devise creative deal strategies using litigation. Jonathan maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing civil rights organizations in litigation and appeals, and immigration-related work.

Before entering private practice, Jonathan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.


Memberships & Affiliations

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Houston Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016Texas
  • 2014New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • English
  • French


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2012

    Managing Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law

    Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot, Semi-Finalist

    Campbell Moot Court, Quarter-Finalist

  • Swarthmore CollegeB.A., Political Sciencewith Honors2005