Samara Shepherd is a corporate partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice primarily focuses on representing private fund sponsors in the formation, structuring and operation of private equity funds, management companies and other related entities, ranging from first-time sponsors to funds of over $5 billion. She also advises fund managers on a variety of general corporate counseling matters, management company events, secondary transactions and fund-related aspects of M&A transactions, including co-investment arrangements.

Representative Clients

AEA Investors, BPGC Management, BPOC, Brookfield Asset Management, Cibolo Energy Partners, Frontenac Company, J.P. Morgan Investment Management, InfraRed Capital Partners, Leeds Illuminate Advisors, Mountain Capital Management, NGP Energy Capital Management, Sun Capital Partners, The Sterling Group, Ubiquity Management


Memberships & Affiliations

The Florida Bar

State Bar of Texas 


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015Texas
  • 2023Florida


  • Vanderbilt Law SchoolJ.D.2015

    Vanderbilt Moot Court Board

    Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law

    Law and Business Certificate

    Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholar

  • Florida State UniversityB.S., Financesumma cum laude2012

    Honors College