Overview

Linda Myers 'does an incredible job and is an incredible attorney' with 'the relevant experience and a great demeanor in negotiations. Clients appreciate that she 'makes herself available, no matter what,' while always 'picking up on points that may not necessarily be on the page.' - Chambers USA

Nationally recognized by top attorney ranking agencies, Linda Myers also receives praise from numerous clients. They say Linda is “exceptional, the real deal. She's very knowledgeable, professional and extremely bright,” calling her “a wonderful lawyer and a pleasant individual – we need more people like her in the market.” A member of Kirkland’s Global Management Committee with three decades of experience advising clients, she leads the Debt Finance practice and focuses her work on transactions for private equity groups, commercial lending institutions and major private and public companies. Linda is ranked by Chambers USA as one of a very exclusive group of “Eminent Practitioners” nationwide.

Linda’s practice serves private equity sponsors and companies in connection with leveraged buyout financings for acquisitions, as well as working capital facilities, CP backup facilities, refinancings and other commercial banking matters. She also represents lenders in distressed transactions and in acquisition financing and refinancing opportunities. In the restructuring arena, Linda predominantly counsels debtors looking for financing to navigate through and exit bankruptcy. Her work encompasses a full spectrum of industries, including healthcare, technology, retail, professional services, manufacturing and consumer brands.

In 2018, The Legal 500 inducted Linda into its Hall of Fame in Finance and Commercial Lending. This honor highlights law firm partners “at the pinnacle of the profession” who “have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.” In 2018, the IFLR1000 Women Leaders guide named Linda as one of the 300 female lawyers ranked as the best transactional practitioners in their markets and practice areas.

Excelling at both law and deal management, Linda assembles and manages top-notch legal teams, gathers resources, supervises work streams, and fosters relationships for the Firm. With a style that’s communicative, inclusive, flexible, direct and extremely efficient, Linda relates to people from all backgrounds and believes that building bridges – including with those on the opposing side – tends to lead to more satisfactory outcomes for her clients.

Included by Crain’s Chicago Business in the “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” in 2016 and 2017 and named one of “The Most Powerful Women in Business” in 2018 and “The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago” in 2017, Linda enthusiastically supports marquee cultural and educational organizations. For example, she serves on the boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and has done pro bono work for both organizations. She chairs the board of the Catherine Cook School, a well-known private junior school and sits on the board of St. Ignatius College Prep, a Jesuit Chicago high school. In addition, Linda serves on the board of The Chicago Network, a preeminent organization of Chicago’s leading professional women and on the Advisory Board of Kinzie Capital Partners, a women-founded private equity fund based in Chicago.

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Recognition

Linda has been recognized or quoted in numerous articles in various publications. Select highlights include:

  • “More law firms join ‘best for women’ lists, but statistics are stalled,” ABA Journal, October 2018

  • “Who's Who in Chicago Business,” Crain's Chicago Business, August 2016 and September 2017

  • “National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers,” The National Law Journal, April 15, 2015

  • “Dealmakers and Their Deals: A Texas Company’s Twofer,” The American Lawyer, April 2015

  • “Firm Life: News and notes from the legal community,” Chicago Lawyer, April 1, 2015

  • “The Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business: Linda Myers,” Crain's Chicago Business, September 1, 2014

  • “Big Deals (Madison Dearborn Partners),” The American Lawyer, May 29, 2014

  • “Am Law Trio on Motorola Unit Sale,” The Am Law Daily, April 15, 2014

  • “Motorola Inks $3.5B Sale of Enterprise Business,” Law360, April 15, 2014

  • “Big Deals: BMC Software Buyout,” The American Lawyer, July 2013

  • “Women Worth Watching,” Profiles in Diversity Journal, September/October 2012

  • “Kirkland Guides Dex One in All-Stock SuperMedia Deal,” Law360, August 21, 2012

  • “Office Space: Linda Myers,” Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2012

  • “Hiring new lawyers in the Chicago legal landscape,” Chicago Lawyer, August 2011

  • “Maybe not the Center of the Universe, but Close; Chicago is Becoming a Hub of Activity as Recovery Spurs Dealmaking and Firm Growth,” The National Law Journal, August 9, 2010

  • “In-House Counsel Name Favorite Corporate, M&A Attys,” Law360, January 26, 2010

  • “Bemis, Food Americas Wrap $1.2 Billion Deal,” The AmLaw Daily, July 6, 2009

  • “Forecast for Legal Work under Obama,” Chicago Lawyer, January 2009

Linda actively promotes Kirkland's recruiting and diversity initiatives and has been quoted in various publications. Select highlights include:

  • “The Rule Breakers,” Working Mother, August 6, 2014

  • “Lean In Sparks Success Connections at Kirkland & Ellis,” Profiles in Diversity Journal, November/December 2013

  • “Women Worth Watching,” Profiles in Diversity Journal, September/October 2012

  • “State of Diversity: ‘I Think We're Ready to Leap to Another Level,’” Chicago Lawyer, July 2011

  • “Groups release ‘Call to Action’ report this week,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 10, 2010

  • “Four Local Firms Recognized for Family Policies,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 7, 2010

Memberships & Affiliations

President of the Catherine Cook School Board of Trustees

Vice President-Membership for Prentice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Board of Directors

Fellow of The American Bar Foundation

Member of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law

Member of the Center for WorkLife Law Board

Member of the Chicago Finance Exchange

Member of The Chicago Network Board of Directors

Member of the Chicago Shakespeare Board of Directors

Member of the City Year Board

Member of The Economic Club of Chicago

Member of the Illinois and New York State Bar Associations

Member of Kinzie Capital Partners Advisory Board

Member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Board of Directors

Member of the St. Ignatius College Prep Board of Trustees

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1990New York
  • 1993Illinois

Court Experience

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.1989

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    American Criminal Law Review

  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.A.1986
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