William Lay is a corporate associate in the Boston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Will counsels private equity and growth equity funds in complex corporate and transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and general corporate matters. He works with clients across a range of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, technology, retail and manufacturing.

Prior to joining Kirkland, William worked as a corporate associate in the Nashville, Tennessee office of a prominent law firm. In 2018, William was recognized as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Thought Leadership


A Decade of Doubt: Revisiting the Tennessee Series LLC – Transactions, The Tennessee Journal of Business Law


Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nashville’s Top 30 under 30

Memberships & Affiliations

American Health Lawyers Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2019Massachusetts
  • 2016Tennessee


  • University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2016

    Research Editor, Tennessee Law Review

    Executive Editor, Tennessee Journal of Business Law

    Executive Editor, Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy

  • Rhodes CollegeB.A., Political Science2013