Doug Gessner is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he concentrates on representing private equity and venture capital sponsors in all aspects of private equity and venture capital investment activity including leveraged buyouts of public and private companies, recapitalizations of private companies, growth equity investments in public and private companies, start-up investments, and formation of private equity funds. Doug received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, highest honors, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.



Adjunct Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School, 1991–2010

Instructor, Legal Methods, Harvard Law School, 1987–1988

Ranked in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007–Present

Ranked in Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2009–Present

Listed as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine, 2011–2012


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1989Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude1989
    Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • University of MichiganB.A., Economicswith Highest Honors1986