Julia Petty is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she serves as a member of the Executive Compensation Practice Group. Julia’s practice focuses on executive compensation and benefits matters in connection with domestic and cross-border business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and divestitures, public offerings and restructuring transactions. 

Julia also counsels clients on a wide range of other compensation and associated securities, tax and corporate governance matters, including the design, disclosure and implementation of equity and cash incentive programs, executive employment and severance arrangements, change in control protections, deferred compensation plans and retention programs.


Thought Leadership


Betting on the Upside, Why Affirming River Road Favors Distressed Debt Speculators over the Rehabilitation of Businesses, 107 Nw. U.L. Rev. 1881 (2013).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014New York


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2013

    Order of the Coif

    Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

  • University of PennsylvaniaB.S., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering2008