Rory Wellever is a partner in the Technology & IP Transactions Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He practices at the intersection of intellectual property, media, technology, and commercial transactions. He advises clients in various types of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, business-to-business and business-to-consumer licensing, joint development, and data privacy.

With a background in the entertainment industry, Rory also counsels clients in matters involving new and emerging media, entertainment and publishing matters, including music, film, television, literature, marketing and advertising.

Rory holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He advises clients regarding the collection, use, transfer and monetization of data, including in online, internet of things (IoT) and cross-border arrangements.



Recognized for Media and Entertainment: Transactional (2022) by The Legal 500 United States

Memberships & Affiliations

CIPP/US, International Associate of Privacy Professionals

Information Technology Section, State Bar of Michigan


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011Illinois
  • 2015Michigan


  • German
  • English


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2011

    Finalist, Henry Campbell Moot Court Competition

    Article Editor, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review

  • Michigan State UniversityB.A., Social Relations2005
    Dean’s List