Monica Shilling is a transactional partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has a broad corporate and securities law practice that focuses on advising asset managers, private equity funds, and their portfolio companies on the full lifecycle of transactions. She also represents public companies, financial advisors, investment banks and issuers. She is experienced with mergers and acquisitions, capital markets offerings, leveraged buyouts, general corporate law and corporate governance, securities laws, and NYSE/Nasdaq compliance.

Monica’s practice also has a particular focus involving specialty finance enterprises. She advises companies on the establishment of business development companies (BDCs) and other private and public equity vehicles. Monica is among a relatively limited number of attorneys in the country who actively represent BDCs. She also advises clients on special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and business combinations.

A client commented to The Legal 500 United States that Monica is “one of the three or four best transactional lawyers with whom I have ever worked. Shilling has the total skill set: she has extremely high levels of intellectual capacity, legal knowledge, common sense, people skills and M&A transactional experience.”

In 2020, Monica was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in California and by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Los Angeles.” Monica has also been consistently recognized in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 since 2010.

Monica is a frequent speaker at industry events including the Women’s Private Equity Summit and the Harvard Association for Law and Business Women’s Leadership Series.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, "How Can Women Succeed at Corporate Law Firms?" Harvard Association for Law and Business, Women’s Leadership Series Panel, October 2, 2020 (Webinar)


Chambers Global: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States, 2020–2021

Chambers USA: Western US: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2020

Chambers USA: California: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2014–2019

Chambers USA: Southern California: Corporate/M&A, 2010–2017

Chambers USA: California: Corporate/M&A: Private Equity, 2013–2018

Chambers USA: Women in Law Awards: Up & Coming Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year, 2012

Top Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2011, 2014, 2020

“Women of Influence: Attorneys,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2021

“Top Women Attorneys in Los Angeles," Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020

“Who's Who in LA Law,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2011

One of five finalists for “Philanthropist of the Year,” Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2015 Women Making a Difference Awards

The Legal 500 United States: Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings, 2010–2011, 2013

The Legal 500 United States: Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2010–2015

The Legal 500 United States: Mergers & Acquisitions: National Firms: Large Deals, 2010–2014, 2019

The Legal 500 United States: Mergers & Acquisitions and Buyouts: Private Equity Buyouts, 2009–2020

The Legal 500 United States: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2013–2014, 2016–2020

The Legal 500 United States: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2018–2019

The Legal 500 United States: Investment Fund Formation and Management – REITS, 2013

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014–2015

Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006–2008

Memberships & Affiliations

Chair, Board of Directors, KCRW Foundation


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995California


  • English
  • French


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude1995
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Redlands, Johnston Center for Integrative StudiesB.A.1992
    Phi Beta Kappa