Spencer Winters is a restructuring partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Spencer's practice focuses on liability management transactions and out-of-court and in-court restructurings of all types. Spencer represents companies, creditors, buyers and other stakeholders in a variety of restructuring transactions across industries. Spencer has been recognized by BTI Consulting Group as a “Client Service All-Star,” by the International Insolvency Institute as part of Class XI for the NextGen Leadership Program and by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in the NextGen Class of 2023.


Thought Leadership


Something to Remember: The Flexibility of Chapter 11 in Retail Situations, New York Law Journal (2019) (Co-Author)

Note, The Law of Ponzi Payouts, 111 Mich. L. Rev. 119 (2012)

Essay, The Volcker Rule's Hedging Exemption, 110 Mich L. Rev. First Impressions 90 (2012)


Selected to the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ NextGen Class of 2023

Recognized as part of The International Insolvency Institute’s 2022 NextGen Leadership Program

Selected as 2018 “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2013
    Notes Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • University of Colorado at BoulderB.S.B.A., Financewith Distinction2010