Jhett Nelson is a partner in the Houston and Austin offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on M&A transactions, private equity investments, capital raises, special situation strategies and joint ventures in a variety of sectors, including energy, infrastructure and technology. In addition to his transactional work, Jhett also advises senior management, investment funds, family offices and boards on general strategic, governance and corporate matters.

Jhett was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law360 for 2022.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “Paring Risk in Private Equity,” Oil and Gas Investor, 2016

Co-author, “Getting Energy M&A Done: Deal Terms Become as Dynamic as Markets,” Rigzone, 2016

Co-author, “Profiting from the Fall,” Private Equity International’s Perspectives, 2016

Co-author, “Structuring Private Funds to Profit from the Oil Price Decline: Due Diligence, Liquidity Management and Investment Options,” The Hedge Fund Law Report, 2015


Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law360, 2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009Texas


  • University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors2009
  • The College of William and MaryB.B.A., Finance & Public Policy2006