Dilen Kumar is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Dilen's practice focuses on representing private equity firms and public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, carve-outs and investment transactions. His experience also includes representing clients in connection with general corporate governance matters and securities regulation compliance. He has worked with clients in the energy, food and beverage, healthcare, technology, industrial, transportation, infrastructure and consumer goods spaces. Dilen serves as a Pro Bono Coordinator for the Dallas office and serves on the firm-wide Pro Bono Management Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Dilen has been recognized in various publications for his work, including Texas Lawyer and D Magazine. He is involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations in the Dallas area and is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Dallas. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the state-wide Steering Committee for the Texas Minority Counsel Program, an affiliate of the State Bar of Texas that seeks to increase opportunities for minority, women and LGBTQ+ lawyers in Texas. Prior to his law firm career, Dilen served in the Obama Administration as an Assistant Counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office.



“Best Lawyers in Dallas,” D Magazine, 2018 & 2021

“Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40,” D Magazine, 2018–2019 & 2021

“Rising Star” in Texas for Mergers and Acquisitions, Super Lawyers, 2014–2020

One of “20 Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law,” Texas Lawyer, 2015 (youngest attorney recognized)

Memberships & Affiliations

Gen Next, Member

Texas Minority Counsel Program, Co-Chair, State-Wide Steering Committee

Leadership Dallas, Graduate (Class of 2018)

North Texas Business Council for the Arts, Leadership Arts Institute, Graduate (Class of 2016)

Vogel Alcove Young Professionals Organization, Board of Directors, 2016-2018

Dallas Chamber Symphony, Board of Directors, 2016–2018

Dallas South Asian Bar Association, Member

Dallas Bar Association, Member


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009Texas


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2009
  • University of Texas at AustinB.A., Plan II Honors Program & Government2005