Curtis A. French is a corporate associate in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on capital markets transactions, corporate governance and securities law compliance. He also has experience representing public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to practicing law, Curtis worked at Phillips 66 as an accountant in the Financial Accounting & Consolidations and Tax departments. Curtis is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Oklahoma.


Thought Leadership


Author, “Friends Without Benefits: Criminal Insider Trading Liability and the ‘Personal Benefit’ Test After Blaszczak,” 112 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Online 135, 2022


Certified Public Accountant, Oklahoma Accountancy Board, 2016

Memberships & Affiliations

Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, American Bar Association

Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section, State Bar of Texas

Corporate Counsel Section, State Bar of Texas

Fellow Member, Oklahoma Society of CPA's


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2022Texas
  • 2023Oklahoma


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawLL.M., Taxationwith Honors2022

    Corporate Tax Certificate

    Student Editorial Board, The Tax Lawyer

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D. (Business Enterprise Concentration)2022
    Production Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • University of TulsaM.Acc.2015
    Graduate Assistant, School of Accounting and CIS
  • University of TulsaB.S.B.A., Accountingsumma cum laude2014

    Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior Award

    David R. Lawson Outstanding Senior Award