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, growth equity and minority investments, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and general corporate matters relating to the portfolio companies of private equity clients.


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