Edward J. Schneidman is of counsel in the Corporate and Real Estate Groups in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His experience includes all aspects of corporate and securities laws with a focus on real estate capital markets-related matters. He has extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital formation and public offering activities for REITs and other real estate-oriented companies. He has also advised clients on corporate and partnership liquidations and reorganizations, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, as well as general corporate governance and compliance. Edward has been described as having “superb business judgment and according to clients ‘works people around to the right position in a gentlemanly way, enabling deals to get done more smoothly’” by Chambers USA. Chambers USA 2013 noted that “sources are quick to assert the ‘impressive’ Edward Schneidman’s ‘great judgment.’” His practice covers the spectrum of securities and corporate law, and he is sought for his wide-ranging experience in public offering activities for companies with a real estate focus.” In the 2012 edition of Chambers USA, Ed was described as “a fabulous corporate and securities lawyer” and “an excellent attorney for REIT matters.” He has also been recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2006. Ed has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018–2019 in the fields of corporate governance law, mergers and acquisitions law and securities/capital markets law, and for real estate law in 2019. He recently was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year” and was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for real estate in 2017.


Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1980Illinois


  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.with Honors1980
  • University of PennsylvaniaB.S.E.magna cum laude1977