Thomas Laughlin is one of the founding partners of the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Thomas regularly represents clients in corporate transactional matters, including mergers, controlling investments, preferred equity and other minority investments, de-SPAC SPAC transactions, divestitures, joint ventures, debt and equity financings, and restructurings.

Thomas has broad experience across many industries, including (without limitation) the energy, infrastructure, technology, business services, consumer, manufacturing, aviation, logistics, transportation and healthcare sectors.

The private equity firms and asset managers that Thomas has represented include Allied Industrial Partners, Apollo, Ares, Blackstone, Blue Owl, Braemont Capital, Chambers Energy Capital, Clearlake Capital Group, CPPIB, Cresta, GRP Energy Capital, HBK Capital Management, HGGC, Maverick Ventures, Quantum, Oaktree, Pine Brook Partners, RedBird Capital Partners, Riverstone Holdings, TPG Capital, Trinity Hunt Partners, Trive Capital, Vortus Investments and Warwick Capital Partners. Thomas has also represented many public and private companies and family businesses.


Thought Leadership

Panelist, “Examining the State of M&A in 2024,” Embark, M&A Round Table, February 20, 2024

Panelist, “Private Equity Point of View,” Pickering Energy Partners Technology, Energy & Mobility Fest, September 21, 2023


Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2023

20 Under 40, PeopleNewspapers, 2022

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States – Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas (2019, 2021 & 2023) and Energy Transactions: Conventional Power (2019)

Memberships & Affiliations

Executive Board, Camp John Marc

Council of Governors, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010Texas


  • University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors2010
  • Baylor UniversityB.B.A.2007