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.

She also 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.

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.”

Monica was honored by Chambers USA at its 2012 Women in Law Awards as the Up & Coming Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year and was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 transactional women lawyers in California in its 2011 and 2014 Top Women Lawyers issues.

Monica is a frequent speaker at industry events including the Women’s Private Equity Summit.


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

“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

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