Laura Stake is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in Kirkland’s Houston office. Laura represents sponsors in connection with structuring, forming and operating private investment funds, including energy funds, real estate funds, buyout funds, debt and credit funds, special purpose vehicles and other private investment vehicles. She has handled fund formation matters ranging from first-time funds to funds raising over $10 billion. Laura’s practice also focuses on advising fund sponsors on various firm management issues, including management company and general partner structuring, internal governance, personnel matters, extraordinary events, regulatory compliance and other investment management matters.


Thought Leadership


Don’t Look a Gift Tax Exclusion in the Mouth: Why Striving for Present Control Resulted in a “Future Interest” in Fisher v. United States; The Tax Lawyer, Vol. 64 (2012).

Memberships & Affiliations

Women’s Energy Network


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2020Texas
  • 2012Illinois


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.2012
    Executive Notes Editor, The Tax Lawyer
  • Georgetown University Law CenterLL.M., Taxation2013
    Certificate in International Taxation
  • Miami UniversityB.A., Mass Communicationscum laude2006