Kent Hayden is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Chicago office. Kent has broad experience handling complex commercial litigation, insurance litigation, restructuring litigation, and antitrust litigation.

Kent also devotes significant time to pro bono work on behalf of members of his community. Kent tried and won a case on behalf of a local social worker whose landlord had failed to remediate mold and severe water damage in her apartment. Kent also led a successful mediation on behalf of an indigent client who had been terminated after taking disability leave for a job-related injury.

Kent graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where he served as Chief Executive Editor of the Law Review.



Received a “Litigator of the Week” shout out by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily, September 16, 2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014Illinois


  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2014

    Order of the Coif

    Chief Executive Editor, Washington University Law Review

    Award for Excellence in Oral Argument

  • Princeton Theological SeminaryM.Div.2010
  • Lycoming CollegeB.A., Religion & Archaeology2007