Brett Saltzman is a tremendously innovative and creative funds attorney that can design an elegant solution to almost any LP or GP request or requirement. - The Legal 500 United States

Brett Saltzman is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focuses his practice on structuring, negotiating and forming real estate and other private equity funds and their management companies. Brett has represented numerous real estate and other private equity fund sponsors in establishing open-end and closed-end investment funds, vehicles and other accounts, including programmatic joint ventures, co-investment programs and club deals, with a broad range of investment strategies. Private Funds Management ranked Brett in its "30 under 40" list, which recognizes the 30 most influential private funds lawyers under the age of 40.

Representative Clients

Accel-KKR, Blue Road, Blue Sea Capital, Bridge Investment Group, Core Spaces, Cross Lake, Dalfen Industrial, GCP, GEM Realty Capital, GLP, Golden Gate Capital, Hines, Macquarie, MCR, The Meridian Group, Miller Global, Osso Capital, Paulson & Co., Redcar, Resmark Equity Partners, Revolution, Rockwood Capital, Second Avenue, Shore Capital, Shorestein Realty Services, Singerman Real Estate, Terra Capital, TPG, Walton Street Capital, Waterton Associates, Zell Equity International.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, “Legal Matters: Fund Formation Considerations,” NAIC Next Generation of Private Equity Firms Symposium, July 2019


Ding, Dong, Conley's Dead: Bell Atlantic Changes the Federal Pleading Standard, 3 Seventh Circuit Rev. 491 (2008)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Illinois


  • United States Tax Court


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawLL.M., Taxation2009
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of LawJ.D.High Honors2008

    Dean’s List

    Order of the Coif

  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.A., Political Science & Legal Studies2005