Chris Heasley is a corporate partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures and formation of joint ventures involving energy assets, with a particular emphasis on unconventional resources. Chris represents clients in connection with the purchase and sale of a broad range of assets, including in both the upstream and midstream sectors. Chris’ transactional experience also includes advising clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures and complex energy projects, DrillCo arrangements, farmout and participation agreements to develop oil and gas properties, oil and gas transportation and gathering agreements, natural gas processing and fractionation agreements and other commercial transactions concerning the development of oil and gas properties.


Thought Leadership


Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown Order: What Happened and What’s Next, Energy Law Report, November 2020

Implications for the Energy Industry in Light of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, Energy Law Report, November 2020 

Oil And Gas Shut-Ins Risk Royalty Litigation, Law360, April 17, 2020

Dwindling Oil Storage Capacity and Impacts on Energy Companies, The Texas Lawbook, April 3, 2020

INSIGHT: Price Stabilization, Private Equity Engagement to Bolster Oil & Gas M&A Activity, Bloomberg Environment and Energy Report, October 4, 2018

Applying Title Defects Under a Typical Purchase Agreement, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, September 2018

Dealing with Midstream Commitments or Acquisitions as a Private Equity Purchaser, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, April 2018

Energy: Oil & Gas 2018, Chambers and Partners: Law and Practice, July 2017

Trends and Issues with 'DrillCo' Transactions, Texas Lawyer, November 5, 2015


“Applying Title Defects Under a Typical Purchase Agreement,” RMMLF Due Diligence in Oil & Gas and Mining Transactions, September 28, 2018

“Dealing with Midstream Commitments or Acquisitions as a Private Equity Purchaser,” RMMLF Midstream Oil & Gas from the Upstream Perspective, April 24, 2018

“Gathering Agreements - Nuts and Bolts,” CLE presentation to BHP Billiton, Houston, April 14, 2016


Recognized for M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+) by The Legal 500 United States, 2019–2020

Recognized for Energy Transactions: Conventional Power by The Legal 500 United States, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

University of Chicago Law School Corporate Lab Alumni Advisory Board, Member

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyer Association

Houston Food Bank F.R.E.S.H. Young Professionals, Board Member


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2013

    Transactional Law Fellow

    Joseph E. Green Scholarship

    Edmund A. Spencer Scholarship

    Corporate Lab Clinic, Director

  • The George Washington UniversityB.A., International Affairs & Political Sciencemagna cum laude2008