Karin Orsic, a partner in the Investment Funds Group, focuses her practice on structuring, forming and advising private investment funds covering a broad range of strategies, including leveraged buyout funds, distressed investment funds, growth equity funds, venture capital funds and funds of funds. 

In addition to spearheading their fund formation transactions, Karin also counsels her fund sponsor clients on various operational and firm management issues. She routinely assists clients in implementing management, executive compensation and succession planning arrangements and counsels such clients on a wide variety of deal-structuring and regulatory compliance matters. Karin has also guided clients through various extraordinary events such as key person events, executive separation arrangements, conflict resolutions and spin-outs of private equity executives and teams from more established firms.

Karin also represents select investors in their fund investments, co-investments and secondary transactions.

Karin is a founding partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s San Francisco office. She relocated from Kirkland’s Chicago office, where she began her legal career.



Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Private Equity Funds, 2015, 2017–2018

Recognized in IFLR1000 for Investment Funds, 2019–2021

Listed in Who’s Who Legal for Private Funds, 2017–2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995Illinois
  • 2004California


  • English
  • Croatian


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.1995
  • University of ChicagoA.B.with Honors1991
    Phi Beta Kappa