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, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Texas – Corporate/M&A for 2019–2022 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 and 2021, Energy Transactions: Conventional Power for 2019, and Energy Transactions: Renewable/Alternative Power for 2020 and 2022, and was recognized as “MVP of the Year” for Energy by Law360 for 2021.



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

Recognized for Corporate/M&A – Texas by Chambers USA, 2016–2022

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

Recognized 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