Eric Scharphorn is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Eric's practice focuses on the formation, structuring and operation of private equity funds and their management companies. In addition to fund formation matters, Eric has worked on a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, franchise matters and general corporate governance.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “Network Neutrality and the First Amendment,“ 22 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 93 (2015).

Co-author, “3 Questions to Ask When Drafting Any Contract,” Corporate Counsel (September 2015).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016Illinois


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.2016

    Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, Articles Editor

    University of Michigan Law School Transactional Lab, Mentor

    University of Michigan Law School Transactional Lab, Student Attorney

    Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, Student Attorney

  • University of MichiganB.A., Economics & Historywith Distinction2012

    James B. Angell Scholar

    University Honors Designation

    William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize for Academic Achievement