Seth Traxler co-leads Kirkland’s global Technology & IP Transactions practice. He serves as lead counsel in complex or strategic deals where technology assets or opportunities are core to the deal’s value proposition.

Seth helps clients negotiate joint ventures, strategic alliances, outsourcing and service agreements, acquisitions/sales, licenses, development and collaboration agreements, and other strategic commercial contracts. He also works closely with the Kirkland Corporate/M&A Practice on the technology and IP aspects of corporate transactions.

Seth’s long and successful track record has earned him a ranking for six consecutive years in the IAM Patent 1000, which noted that his “tech-intensive M&A experience is virtually second to none” and called him “a master craftsman of complex, international deals of all stripes.” He was also recognized for “Technology: Transactions” and “Patents: Licensing” in the 2018–2021 editions of The Legal 500 United States. He is a Recognized Practitioner in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA.

Seth also helps lead Kirkland’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice. His experience includes advising Boards of Directors when clients experience significant security breaches.

Seth serves as a Director of the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation and serves on the Firm’s Technology Committee.


Thought Leadership


Seth has presented domestically and internationally at leading IP organizations, corporations, and law schools, including at events such as Boardroom Forum and seminars hosted by PwC and Navigant Consulting.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1997Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois1998


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude1997
    Articles Editor, Northwestern Law Review
  • University of KansasB.A.cum laude1993
    Phi Beta Kappa


Seth's involvement in civic and pro bono matters has included serving as a board member for the highly-acclaimed Writers’ Theatre and for Equip for Equality, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities, including serving as co-chair for EFE’s 20th anniversary event. Seth has also volunteered time for several other charitable organizations including the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Chicago Humanities Festival and Millennium Park. He has also advised ALT Finance Foundation — established by Apollo, Ares and Oaktree — a 10-year, $90 million, industry-first nonprofit focused on developing curriculum, fellowships and scholarships available to students at historically black colleges and universities. An active contributor to pro bono matters, Seth has received the Kirkland Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service in each of the years 2007 through 2020.