John Kelley is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He primarily focuses his practice on representing sponsors of private investment funds, including buyout, credit, mezzanine, venture capital, energy, healthcare, real estate, special situation, secondary and fund of funds, in all aspects of structuring, forming and raising such funds. He also regularly represents major institutional investors in connection with their review and negotiation of investments in private investment funds, segregated accounts and co-investments as well as in connection with secondary market transactions. In addition, John advises sponsors on fund manager M&A transactions, joint ventures and compliance matters.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, GP-led Deals, Kirkland & Ellis Liquidity Solutions Academy, New York City, New York, November 6, 2019.


Recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” in Fund Formation by IFLR1000 (2019–2021) 

Recognized as a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers (2016)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015New York
  • 2004Massachusetts


  • Suffolk University Law SchoolJ.D.summa cum laude2004

    Note Editor, Suffolk University Transnational Law Review

    Member, Suffolk University Law School National Moot Court Team

  • University of Massachusetts at AmherstB.A., Legal Studiescum laude2000