Donna Peel is of counsel in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She brings her significant antitrust enforcement experience to Kirkland’s Merger & Acquisitions Clearance Group where she focuses on mergers and other transactions before the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with an emphasis on filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvement Act.

Prior to joining Kirkland Donna had 11 years of government experience and founded a nonprofit for legal aid.


Thought Leadership


"Attorneys at Home: The Forgotten Resource for Legal Aid Delivery," Peel, Donna Alberts, The Federal Lawyer (May 2016)

Press Mentions

This Woman Created the Uber of Legal Aid,” Richmond, Riva, Forbes.com (May 2016)


Frequent Guest Lecturer on White Collar Crime, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business

Adjunct Professor, Washington University School of Law

Numerous Outstanding Achievement Awards, U.S. Department of Justice

2016 Pro Bono Initiative Award, Public Interest Law Initiative

Legal Assistance Foundation Volunteer of 2015 for Juvenile Expungement


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1992Illinois


  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of LawJ.D.1992

    Moot Court Regional Quarter-Finalist

  • Michigan State UniversityB.A., Economics1986