Ben Tyson is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Ben’s practice focuses on complex commercial trial and appellate litigation and includes antitrust, class action, securities fraud, contract disputes, trade secrets, and restructuring matters.

Ben has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country, including matters in the Supreme Court of the United States. Ben also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Before joining the firm, Ben served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, and to the Honorable Judge Srikanth Srinivasan, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Thought Leadership


An Empirical Analysis of Sue and Settle in Environmental Litigation, 100 Virginia Law Review 1545 (2014).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2017Illinois
  • 2018Missouri


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2014

    Faculty Award for Academic Excellence (awarded for #1 class rank at graduation)

    Carl M. Franklin Prize (awarded for #1 class rank after first year)

    Traynor Prize (awarded for best student-authored writing during law school tenure)

    Law School Alumni Association Best Note Award (awarded for best student-authored law review note)

    Editorial Board Member, Virginia Law Review

  • University of Virginia, Darden School of BusinessM.B.A.2014

    Shermet Scholar Award

    First Year Faculty Award for Academic Excellence

    Second Year Faculty Award for Academic Excellence

  • Duke UniversityB.A., Historymagna cum laude2007