Kevin Wessel is a corporate partner in the Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on structuring, negotiating, forming and operating private investment funds and related management companies, ranging from first-time sponsors to funds of over $5 billion. Kevin represents sponsors across a wide range of strategies and structures, including buyout funds, distressed investment funds, debt funds, open-end funds, co-investment vehicles and other private investment vehicles. He also advises clients on a variety of general corporate counseling matters and management company events.


Thought Leadership


Home is Where the Court is: Determining Residence for Child Custody Matters under the UCCJEA, Comment, 79 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1141 (2012).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with High Honors2013

    University of Chicago Law Review

    Order of the Coif

    Kirkland & Ellis Scholar

  • Georgetown UniversityA.B., Economicsmagna cum laude2010
    Phi Beta Kappa