Brian Wolfe is a corporate partner at Kirkland. He is also an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches courses on Private Equity Transactions and Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition. Brian concentrates his practice on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, equity incentive arrangements, private financings, public company transactions, private equity fund formations, restructurings and general corporate counseling.

Brian has represented numerous private equity firms including Bain Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Sun Capital, GTCR, Frontenac Company, Olympus Partners, Pritzker Group Private Capital and Hickory Street Capital. He also advises many portfolio companies.

Brian joined Kirkland in 2008, and has been a partner of the Firm since 2013. 



Member of team awarded the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) 2020 Turnaround and Transaction Award (Mega Company Transaction) for representation of iHeartMedia

Adjunct Professor, "Private Equity Transactions," Washington University School of Law (2013–Present)

Named among the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2016

Briefed and argued a case before the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2013–14)

Counsel for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Exploratory Committee (2008–09)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, General Chicago Legal Clinic

Member, National Business Advisory Council, Farmer School of Business, Miami University


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of LawJ.D.with Honors2007
    Executive Articles Editor, Washington University Global Studies Law Review
  • Miami UniversityB.S., Decision Science2000