John Pitts is a corporate partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and private equity, with a particular focus on the energy sector. John is recognized in Chambers USA for Texas – Corporate/M&A for 2019–2023, Texas – Private Equity: Buyouts for 2023, and as an Up and Coming lawyer for 2016–2018. He is also listed in The Legal 500 United States for Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas for 2018–2019, 2021, and 2023, Energy Transactions: Conventional Power for 2019, and Energy Transactions: Renewable/Alternative Power for 2020, 2022–2023, and was recognized as “MVP of the Year” for Energy by Law360 for 2021. John was also named to Bloomberg Law’s “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” list for Mergers & Acquisitions in 2022.



John served as an infantry officer in the United States Army from 2004 to 2010. He deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom VII-VIII, following which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

John is also an adjunct professor at University of Texas Law School and teaches a course on negotiating corporate transactions.

Recognized for Mergers & Acquisitions in Bloomberg Law's "They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40" list, 2022.

Recognized as “Highly Regarded" for Private Equity and M&A by IFLR1000, 2022–2024.

Recognized for Corporate/M&A – Texas by Chambers USA, 2016–2023.

Recognized for Private Equity: Buyouts – Texas by Chambers USA, 2023.

Recognized for Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power by The Legal 500 U.S., 2022–2023.

Recognized for Energy: Oil and Gas by The Legal 500 U.S., 2018–2019, 2021, 2023.

Recognized in the Texas Lawyer as a “Lawyer on the Rise” as part of its 2017 Professional Excellence Awards.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Board of Advisors for Team Rubicon


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011Texas
  • 2010New York


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.cum laude2009
  • Davidson CollegeB.A.magna cum laude2004