James Kelly is a corporate associate in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on private equity, financing transactions and debt restructurings. James has experience representing private equity sponsors, financial institutions and public and private borrowers and issuers in a wide range of corporate transactions in the United States and abroad, including acquisition financing, reserve and asset-based lending, leveraged lending, mezzanine financing, subordinated debt financing and fund financing transactions. James additionally has experience in debtor-in-possession and exit financing and workouts and restructurings on behalf of both issuers and financial institutions.


Memberships & Affiliations

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Dallas Bar Association

State Bar of Texas, Business Law and Corporate Counsel Sections

Turnaround Management Association, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018Texas


  • English
  • Spanish


  • The University of Mississippi School of LawJ.D.summa cum laude2018

    First in Class

    Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal

    Editor-in-Chief, Federal Courts Law Review

  • Georgetown UniversityA.B., Government2011