John Wilkes is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he concentrates his practice on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, divestitures, recapitalizations and restructurings, private financings, executive compensation and incentive equity arrangements, and other general corporate matters. John has been responsible for structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing a wide variety of these transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to more than $3 billion.



Recipient, Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award, 2013–2015, 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Chicago Associates Committee

Mentor, Chicago Scholars Foundation


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois
  • South Carolina


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors
  • Miami UniversityB.S., Accounting