Kristin L. Mendoza is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Kristin advises public and private companies, including private equity firms and strategic investors, in connection with domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, reorganizations and other general corporate matters, focusing in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Kristin maintains an active pro bono portfolio relating to rule of law and media freedoms with the Media Law Working Group of the International Senior Lawyers Project.


Thought Leadership


Moderator, "Panel on Infrastructure," 2022 Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, April 1, 2022  


Co-author with Sean Wheeler, Roald Nashi & Robert Fleishman. “Energy Mergers & Acquisitions Review,” The Law Reviews, January 2021


“21 in '21: Women in Power” list by The Kayo Conference Series. The list profiles 21 pioneers in the power and renewable energy sectors deploying capital, innovation and collaboration to transform the grid

Recognized as a "Next Generation Lawyer" by The Legal 500 United States for Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, 2021–2023

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power, 2020, 2022 and 2023; and Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, 2020

Selected to the Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law Rising Stars Cohort (sponsored by Thomson Reuters Legal and Legal Executive Institute)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish


  • University of LondonLL.M.2009
  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2008

    Parker School Recognition of Achievement in Comparative and International Law

  • Harvard UniversityA.M.2004
  • Yale CollegeB.A.2001