Braxton Smith is a corporate transactional associate in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture formation involving energy assets and companies across the energy value chain, with an emphasis on domestic energy transactions in the upstream and midstream sectors.


Thought Leadership


Author, “United States Energy Friends & Foes,” Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Institute Energy Newsl. 42, Spring 2019

Co-Author, “The WTO: Challenges Ahead and Cries for Reform,” Currents: Journal of International Economic Law 23.2, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • South Texas College of Law HoustonJ.D.magna cum laude2019

    Elizabeth A. Dennis Langdell Scholar Award

    Secretary, South Texas Oil & Gas Law Society

    Order of the Lytae

    Phi Delta Phi

    Notes & Articles Editor, Currents: Journal of International Economic Law

  • Texas State UniversityB.A., Political Science2010
    2-Time Division 1AA Texas Rugby Championship Title (2008 & 2009)