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 private equity and real estate funds and their management companies. Brett has represented numerous real estate sponsors in establishing open-end and closed-end real estate private equity funds with a broad range of investment strategies, including opportunistic, value-add and core-plus. Brett "is considered a true rising star of the private equity world" with an “impeccable attention to detail and his superb client service" who has an "ability to navigate complex issues with ease" according to Private Funds Management who ranked Brett in its "30 under 40" list, which recognizes the 30 most influential private funds lawyers under the age of 40.


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