Catherine Kordestani is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on obtaining merger clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. She has experience in a variety of industries, including private equity, retail, and oil and gas.

Catherine also represents clients in pre-acquisition and post-acquisition Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice investigations. Taking a business-focused approach, she works with clients to understand business objectives, creating strategies that achieve those objectives while reducing risk.

Prior to law school, Catherine was a television journalist, working at ABC and CBS affiliates.


Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2019District of Columbia
  • 2018Virginia


  • SMU Dedman School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2018

    Order of the Coif

    SMU Law Review

  • New York UniversityB.A., Broadcast Journalism & Middle Eastern Studiesmagna cum laude2009
    Phi Beta Kappa