Thomas Laughlin is one of the founding partners of the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Thomas regularly represents clients in mergers and acquisitions (including controlling investments, preferred equity and other minority investments, and SPAC transactions), divestitures, joint ventures, debt and equity financings, restructurings and other corporate matters.
Thomas has broad experience across many industries, but in particular, he has focused his practice representing clients in the energy, infrastructure, technology, manufacturing, 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, Energy Spectrum, HBK Capital Management, HGGC, Maverick Ventures, Quantum, Oaktree, Pine Brook Partners, RedBird Capital Partners, Riverstone Holdings, TPG Capital, Trive Capital and Vortus Investments. Thomas has also represented many public and private companies and family businesses.
Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2023
Recognized in The Legal 500 United States – Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas (2019 & 2021) 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
- University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors2010
- Baylor UniversityB.B.A.2007