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 real estate-based financing transactions, as well as with secured and unsecured high-yield debt offerings, private placements of securities and other forms of debt financing. 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

Association for Corporate Growth

Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance

State Bar of Texas

  • Business Law Section
  • Corporate Counsel Section
  • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section

The Real Estate Council

Turnaround Management Association

University of Mississippi

  • Member, Lamar Order
  • Councilmember, Young Alumni Council


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018Texas
  • 2024New York


  • English
  • Spanish


  • 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

    Champion, Bicentennial Moot Court Competition

    Champion, Fourth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion

  • Georgetown UniversityA.B., Government2011