Overview

David Fox has been instrumental to the growth and success of Kirkland & Ellis, and has been the architect of some of the most transformative deals during his more than 35-year career.

David joined Kirkland in 2009, and served as a member of the Firm’s Global Executive Management Committee from 2010 to 2019. During this time he played a significant role in the leadership of the Firm, as well as overseeing Kirkland’s New York office. David has been pivotal in ensuring that key priorities including talent development, collaboration, innovation, and diversity and inclusion are core to Kirkland’s culture. He has also established an elite M&A platform at Kirkland that is now a permanent fixture among the world’s most significant transactions and continues to attract some of the industry’s top talent.

Prior to joining Kirkland, David spent 25 years with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was a member of its top governing committee and one of the firm’s most senior partners. 

Boards of Directors and senior executives have regularly relied on David for their most important transactional and crisis management situations. He has advised major public and private companies and financial sponsors on hundreds of transactions with an aggregate value exceeding $500 billion. David’s experience spans a range of industries and geographies, including negotiated transactions, hostile defense, take private, governance and activism matters, often in a global cross-border context. In 2018, David was the recipient of The Deal’s inaugural “M&A Lifetime Achievement” award, which recognizes dealmakers who have had a lasting impact on the world of M&A. David is consistently listed among “The Elite” in New York for Corporate/M&A by Chambers, and in 2017 The Legal 500 recognized David in its inaugural “Hall of Fame” for M&A: Large Deals. David has also featured in the The International Who’s Who list of top corporate governance lawyers.

David is a member of the board of directors at the Park Avenue Armory, which is dedicated to giving one of America’s historic architectural treasures new life as a center for performing and visual arts. He is also a member of the board of New Alternatives for Children, which provides crucial support to families caring for medically fragile children. In addition, David is on the board of governors and an honorary fellow of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.

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Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1983Israel
  • 1984New York

Education

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem School of LawLL.B.1982

    Valedictorian

    Member of the Editorial Board of Law Review