Kevin Neylan is a litigation partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  His practice focuses on appellate litigation, commercial litigation, and strategic counseling.

Before joining the firm he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He was previously an associate at Bancroft PLLC.


Thought Leadership


Note, Bundled Systems and Better Law: Against the Leflar Method of Resolving Conflicts of Law, 129 Harv. L. Rev. 544 (2015)

Recent Case, Spencer v. Unites States, 773 F.3d 1132 (11th Cir. 2014) (en banc), 128 Harv. L. Rev. 2294 (2015)

Recent Case, Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, 724 F.3d 129 (1st Cir. 2013), 127 Harv. L. Rev. 1268 (2014)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016New York
  • 2018District of Columbia


  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2015

    Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review

    Ames Moot Court Competition, Best Overall Team & Best Oralist

    Project on the Foundations of Private Law Prize

  • Harvard CollegeA.B., Social Studiessumma cum laude2012

    Hoopes Prize

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Writer and Editor, Harvard Lampoon