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.

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