Skyler Sikes is a corporate associate in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on energy transactions, with a particular emphasis on asset acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic join ventures in the upstream, midstream, and renewables sectors. Skyler's transactional experience also includes advising private equity investors and their portfolio companies in connection with a wide range of commercial transactions relating to energy and infrastructure, including joint development projects, farmout agreements, and other commercial agreements concerning the development of real property assets.  


Thought Leadership


“The Compliance Dilemma: Economic Sanctions and the AIPN Model Form International Joint Operating Agreement,” 12 J. World Energy L. & Bus. 331, August 2019.  

“Get Off My Porch: United States v. Carloss and the Escalating Dangers of Knock-and-Talks,” 70 Okla. L. Rev. 493, 2018.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • University of Oklahoma College of LawJ.D.2018

    2018 Research Grant Recipient, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

    American Jurisprudence Awards: Oil & Gas Contracts; Contracts; Torts; Civil Procedure II

    Recipient, Salem Civil Liberties Awards (best constitutional law article), 2017 & 2018

    Assistant Articles Editor, Oklahoma Law Review, 2017–2018

    Member, Phi Delta Phi, 2016–2018

  • University of OklahomaB.A., Letters2015

    Recipient, University of Oklahoma Top Ten Greek Award, 2015   

    Member, Beta Theta Pi, 2011–2015