Seantyel Hardy is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on restructuring litigation and complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts across the country, as well as government investigations. Seantyel also maintains an active pro bono practice. She mainly focuses on death penalty issues, particularly intellectual disability in capital cases, otherwise known as Atkins claims.



Recognized in the Hot List 2022 by Lawyers of Color

Recognized as Litigator of the Week runner-up by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily for winning a rare Texas ruling vacating a death sentence for ineffective assistance of counsel

Pro Bono Service Award, 2017–2020, 2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • Cornell Law SchoolJ.D.2018

    Editor, Journal of Law and Public Policy

    Champion, First-Year Moot Court Competition (Langfan)

    Moot Court Board Member

    Capital Punishment Clinic I & II

    Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant

    Death Penalty in America Teaching Assistant (Cornell University)

  • University of FloridaB.S., Journalism2015

    Student Government Senator

    American Mock Trial Association Competitor