Jennifer Perkins is a partner in Kirkland’s M&A/Private Equity Practice Group and serves as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Jennifer represents clients in complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions and has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts and other private equity investment transactions in a broad range of industries.

Jennifer was recognized for her work in the 2022 edition of Chambers Global and the 2021–2023 editions of Chambers USA where clients noted, “She's incredibly sharp and creative. She really gets to the heart of the issue very quickly.” Jennifer was named among the “Top Women in Dealmaking” for 2023 by The Deal. Additionally, she was recognized in The Legal 500 United States in 2022–2023 and IFLR1000 in 2018–2019 and 2021–2023. Jennifer was named a “Crisis Leadership Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in 2020 and previously received the “40 Under 40 Leading M&A” award from the M&A Advisor.

Jennifer serves on the board of DOROT, a nonprofit social service organization providing a wide range of services for seniors and the board of directors of New Alternatives for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance for children with special healthcare needs and their families.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, “Mergers & Acquisitions 2024: Advanced Trends and Developments,” Practising Law Institute, 2024

Moderator, “Driving Employee Ownership in Portfolio Companies,” Women's Private Capital Summit, November 17, 2022

Moderator, “Private Equity Panel,” Wharton Women in Investing Inaugural Conference, February 11, 2022

Panelist, “Private Company M&A: An Exploration of Current Hot Spots and Special Issues,” 41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute, January 27, 2014

Moderator, 10th Annual Women’s Alternative Investment Summit.


Recognized in Chambers USA, Private Equity: Buyouts (New York), 2021–2023

Recognized as one of the "Top Women in Dealmaking" by The Deal, 2023

Recognized in Chambers Global, Private Equity: Buyouts (USA), 2022

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States, 2022–2023

“Crisis Leadership Trailblazer,” The National Law Journal, 2020

“Best in Private Equity” Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2019

Recognized in IFLR1000 “Women Leaders,” 2018–2019, 2021–2023

“Highly Regarded” in the IFLR1000 guide, 2018–2021

“40 Under 40 Leading M&A” award, The M&A Advisor

“Private Equity MVP” Law360, 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1998New York


  • Cornell Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1997
  • Binghamton University, State University of New YorkB.A.1994

    Phi Beta Kappa