Kristin Kluding is a corporate associate in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Kristin represents public and private companies and investment funds in connection with securities/capital markets, general corporate, and other transactional matters. Her practice is characterized by purposeful risk management, and a prioritized approach to protecting and strengthening business and financial health and reputation. Kristin regularly assists clients in connection with securities offerings, corporate governance, and regulatory and compliance matters, including Exchange Act reporting. She also actively applies extensive energy industry knowledge and acumen to assist clients with matters involving their interests and strategic operations.


Thought Leadership


"New Decisions Heighten the Threat to Midstream Dedications," ABI Journal, March 2021. 

“Bankruptcy Courts Contemplate Debtors' Rejection of Real Property Covenants in Midstream Contracts,” BakerHostetler, December 3, 2020.

“Energy Contracts: In-House Counsel, Force Majeure, and the COVID-19 Pandemic,” BakerHostetler, March 31, 2020.

“SEC Proposes Third Iteration of Natural Resource Industry Disclosure Rule,” BakerHostetler, February 11, 2020.

“Oil-rich and out of options: Venezuela’s international arbitration saga of expropriation, enforcement and settlement,” 12 J. WORLD ENERGY L. & BUS. 260, 2019.

“Disincentivizing the Growing Trend of Denunciating the Investment Treaty Framework: Tracking the Criticisms and Analyzing the Future of Transnational Regulation of Investment Law,” 41 HOUS. J. INT’L L. 147, 2018.

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “Oil & Gas M&A Strategies: Collaborative Solutions to Energy Sector Acquisitions During a Downcycle & the Pandemic,” EUCI Live Online Course, October 15, 2020.

Moderator/Organizer, “Legal Issues Relating to Public Health Crises Posed by COVID-19,” Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Live Webinar, April 16, 2020.

Presenter, 2019 AIPN International Petroleum Scholar Workshop, May 2019.

Presenter, 1st Annual Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax Conference and Houston Business and Tax Law Journal 19th Annual Symposium, “Exploring the International Energy Investment Climate,” March 2019.

Memberships & Affiliations

State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law (OGERL) Section

Advisory Board Member, Houston Journal of International Law

Member, Association of International Petroleum Negoatiators (AIPN)

Member, National Order of Scribes

Founder/Committee Member, Ladies’ Alliance of Recent Alumnae (LARA)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2019Texas


  • English
  • Spanish


  • University of Houston Law CenterJ.D.

    magna cum laude


    Order of the Coif

    Editor-in-Chief, Houston Journal of International Law

    Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing Finalist

    Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Student Writing Competition Winner

    National Order of Scribes Award

  • University of Texas at AustinB.A., Government; Journalism Minorwith Honors2013