Stephen Jacobson is an executive compensation partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He advises public and private companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a wide range of employment, executive compensation and employee benefit matters, including in connection with complex business transactions.

Stephen regularly advises clients on structuring and implementing equity and cash-based incentive plans as well as the applicable tax, securities law, corporate governance and disclosure implications of those arrangements.

Known for providing practical advice, Stephen also represents clients in negotiating employment, separation and incentive agreements.



Law360, Rising Star, 2019

The Legal 500 U.S., Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans (Transactional), 2016, 2018–2020

Certified Public Accountant, State of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Houston Bar Association

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Board of Directors, The Friends of West University Place Parks Fund, Inc.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • Tulane University Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2007
  • Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of BusinessB.S., Accountingsumma cum laude2004