Steven M. Keithley is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Steven’s practice focuses on debt finance transactions, with extensive experience representing private equity funds, hedge funds, mezzanine funds, special situation investors, financial institutions and public and private companies on all sides of complex transactions in the United States and abroad. He has successfully handled financings in connection with leveraged buyouts, public offerings, asset and cash-based financings and refinancings, restructurings (including in-court and out-of-court restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings, and exit financings), liability management transactions and workouts, and regularly counsels clients on working capital arrangements, debt compliance, corporate governance and other liability management matters.


Thought Leadership


“Out of Necessity: ASEAN's Measures Regarding Disaster Relief in the 21st Century,” Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 6:2, 2014


Empire State Counsel Honoree


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021Texas
  • 2020North Carolina
  • 2018New York


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2017

    Order of the Coif

    Pro Bono Challenge Honoree

    Virginia Law Review

    Executive Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law

  • Georgetown UniversityB.S., Foreign Servicesumma cum laude2013

    Phi Beta Kappa

    W. Coleman Nevils Medalist