Aisha Lavinier is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Aisha advises private equity sponsors and public and private companies on complex business transactions, including structuring and negotiating strategic mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, recapitalizations and restructurings, executive compensation and incentive equity arrangements, as well as other general corporate matters.

Aisha has represented public companies, private companies and private equity firms on transactions, in various industries, including, specialty chemicals, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, software and service providers, transportation and logistics. Representative matters have ranged in size from several million dollars to more than $6 billion.



Named to “Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy, 2022

Recognized as a “BTI Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group, 2022. Clients say "Aisha is laser focused on our organization," and "she is engaged in trying to help us find solutions to our problems and issues." 

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow

Memberships & Affiliations

Director of Legal Aid Chicago

Faculty Member and Speaker for Practising Law Institute

Member of the Board of Directors of LINK Unlimited, a Chicago area nonprofit

Member of the Associates Committee of Women in Law Empowerment Forum

Member of Chicago Bar Association Leadership Institute

Member of American Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude

    Editor-in-Chief, Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property

  • Rice UniversityB.A., Biochemistry & Cell Biology