Todd Herst is a partner in Kirkland's Chicago Technology & IP Transactions Practice Group, focusing on structuring and negotiating complex transactions involving technology, intellectual property, and data, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing arrangements, outsourcing/services arrangements, bankruptcy matters, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.

Todd was recognized in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers as "Ones to Watch" and in The Legal 500 United States as "Next Generation." He was also named a "Rising Star" by both The Legal 500 United States for Outsourcing in 2019–2021 and by Super Lawyers (Illinois) for Technology Transactions in 2018–2022. Before attending law school, Todd was a consultant with IBM in their Enterprise Systems Group, where he provided strategic and technical advice in connection with enterprise system and process implementations at several clients across various industries, including Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and energy companies.



Recognized as a “Next Generation” for Outsourcing by The Legal 500 United States, 2021–2023

Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers, 2021–2024

Recognized as a “Rising Star” for Outsourcing by The Legal 500 United States, 2019–2020

Recognized as a “Rising Star” in Illinois for Technology Transactions by Super Lawyers, 2018–2023

Member of Kirkland's Chicago Associates Committee, and IT Advisory Group


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2014

    Order of the Coif

    Arlyn Miner Book Award for Legal Writing

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., General Engineering; Business Administration & International Engineering Minorswith Honors2008

    James Scholar