Payton McCoy is an associate in the Technology & IP Transactions Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses primarily on the technology and intellectual property aspects of complex business transactions.

Payton has represented public and private companies and private equity funds across a range of industries, including technology, healthcare, energy, consumer products and retail. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, joint-ventures, strategic licenses, outsourcing and other corporate and securities matters. In 2022, Payton was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Black Lawyers in recognition of his corporate/IP transactions practice.

Payton received his B.A. from Purdue University, his J.D. from Columbia Law School and completed coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



SEO Law Fellowship

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Chicago Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018Illinois
  • 2020District of Columbia


  • English
  • French


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2018
  • Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCertificate in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, NLP and Business Strategy
  • Purdue UniversityB.A., Philosophy2015