Garry J. Padrta is a partner in Kirkland’s M&A/Private Equity Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Garry routinely represents strategic and financial parties in a variety of corporate transactions, including leveraged buyouts, public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, spin-offs, reorganizations, restructurings, and recapitalizations. He also represents his clients in connection with corporate governance matters.

Garry regularly executes transactions in a myriad industries, including consumer products, apparel, media production, clean energy, healthcare, light manufacturing, food and beverage, software, health and fitness, and product distribution.

Transactions on which Garry acted as lead counsel have been featured in various media outlets, including the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Hollywood Reporter.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “Compliance lessons for PE sponsors amid SEC scrutiny,” Law360, December 7, 2021

Co-author, “Insight: The Family Office as Private Equity Investor,” Bloomberg Law, September 4, 2020


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014California


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of LawJ.D.2014

    Business Law Certification, Securities Regulation 

    Chief Managing Editor, Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

    Member, Moot Court Honors Board

    Member, Moot Court Honors Program

  • University of Southern CaliforniaB.A., Political Sciencecum laude2011
    Captain, Debate Team