David Klein is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, activist defense and other significant corporate matters, representing publicly traded and privately held companies, private equity firms and other investors. David was recognized in the New York Law Journal as a “Dealmaker of the Year” for 2023, in MergerLinks as “Top Private Equity Lawyers in North America” in 2023, in The Legal 500 U.S. for both “M&A: large deals ($1bn+)” and “Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards,” and in Law360 as a “Rising Star” in 2019 for his mergers and acquisitions practice. He was also shortlisted on the MergerLinks' “Top Technology Lawyers in North America” list in 2023.



Recognized in MergerLinks as "Top Private Equity Lawyers in North America," 2023.

Recognized in Law360 as “Rising Star” for Mergers & Acquisitions, 2019.

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for “M&A: large deals ($1 bn+)” and “Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards.”

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Cohen Children’s Medical Center Advisory Board

Member, Northwell Health Board of Overseers


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Boston University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2007
  • Emory UniversityB.A.2004