Overview

Kristen Smith is a debt finance partner in the Bay Area office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, public and private companies and lenders in connection with debt financing transactions.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

Lightening the Load: Whether the Burden of Proof for Overcoming a Patent’s Presumption of Validity Should be Lowered, 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2615, 2010.

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012New York
  • 2015California

Education

  • Fordham University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2011
    Associate Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • Cornell UniversityB.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Engineering Management Minorcum laude2008