Norbert B. Knapke is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He concentrates his practice on complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private equity and venture capital investments, recapitalizations, divestitures, private financings, executive compensation, equity incentive arrangements and other general corporate matters. He has been responsible for managing transactions in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, retail, professional services, health care, manufacturing, distribution, software, and technology.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1992Illinois


  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude1992

    Order of the Coif

    Duke Law Journal Editorial Board

  • University of Notre DameB.A., Program of Liberal Studiesmagna cum laude1987
    Phi Beta Kappa