Ryan Harris is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Harris’ practice is focused on complex transactions including leveraged buyouts for private equity funds, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate representations for publicly held corporations, private/family owned companies and private equity funds and their portfolio companies.

Mr. Harris was recognized by The National Law Journal in its 2013 “Chicago 40 Under 40” feature, which highlighted up-and-coming attorneys in the Chicago legal community. The M&A Advisor also honored Mr. Harris in its 40 Under 40 competition, which recognized emerging leaders in the M&A, finance and turnaround industries.

Mr. Harris has represented private equity funds including Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company, Chicago Growth Partners, GTCR, J.W. Childs Associates, ParkerGale and Union Park Capital, as well as companies including Actuant Corporation, The Barnes Group, The HEICO Companies, Regal Beloit Corporation and Sunny Delight Beverages Co.



Adjunct professor of Mergers and Acquisitions at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.2002
  • University of ChicagoM.A.1999
  • Emory UniversityB.A.1997