incredibly talented and excellent to work with . . . the person I turn to when I have a tough issue.” - Chambers USA, 2021

Michael Woronoff is a transactional partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He routinely represents:

  • purchasers, sellers and financial advisors in public and private merger and acquisition transactions;
  • underwriters, issuers, selling security holders, private investment funds and other investors, in public and private debt and equity financings;
  • debtors, creditors, other stakeholders and financial advisors in in-court and out-of-court restructuring transactions; and
  • public and private entities and individuals with respect to various corporate and securities law matters, including SEC reporting obligations, corporate governance, and strategic alliances.

Chambers USA describes Michael as “very pragmatic and results oriented” and “100% focused on providing exceptional service,” and notes clients describe him as “amazing,” and “incredibly sharp, immediately intuitive and a great problem solver." A client interviewed by The Legal 500 United States refers to him as “literally one of the best attorneys with whom I have ever worked.” LawDragon notes that “there are few deals Woronoff can’t do.”

In 2021, the Daily Journal named Michael (for the ninth time) one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” He was exclusively awarded Lexology’s Client Choice Award in the category of Mergers & Acquisitions (California) in both 2019 and 2018. In 2019, he was named one of the “Most Influential Private Equity Advisors” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Michael is a member of the board of directors of Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE), which owns, operates and develops life science and technology campuses in key urban cluster locations. He has also served on the boards of directors of several private companies, including AccessDNA, TransDimension, and u-Nav Microelectronics. Earlier in his career, Michael was a founding principal of Shelter Capital Partners, a private equity fund that invested in technology and technology-enabled businesses at all stages of development.

Michael serves on the Board of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools Foundation. He is also an adjunct professor at UCLA’s School of Law, where he developed and teaches Venture Capital and the Start-up Company.



Above the Law “West Coast Biglaw All-Star Team of 2014”

Acritas Star Lawyer, 2018, 2019

AmLaw Daily “Dealmaker of the Week,” 2011

Best Lawyers in America, 2010–2023

Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year – Corporate Law, Los Angeles, 2016

Chambers Global: USA: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2009–2017

Chambers Global: USA: Private Equity: Buyouts Nationwide, 2008–2018, 2020–2021

Chambers Global: USA: Corporate M&A (International & Cross-Border), 2020–2023

Chambers USA: Nationwide: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2009–2016

Chambers USA: Nationwide: Private Equity: Buyouts, 2008–2020

Chambers USA: California: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2008–2016

Chambers USA: California: Corporate/M&A: Private Equity, 2008–2022

Chambers USA: California: Los Angeles & Surrounds: Corporate/M&A, 2021–2022

Chambers USA: Southern California: Corporate/M&A, 2007–2020

Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Private Equity Transactions Lawyer of the Year in California, 2019

Daily Journal “Top 10 California Private Equity Lawyers,” 2014

Daily Journal “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” 2010, 2011, 2014–2016, 2018–2021

Euromoney LMG, Expert Guides: Private Equity, 2020

IFLR1000: California: Highly Regarded, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018–2023

Law360 MVP: Private Equity, 2013

Lexology Client Choice Award: Exclusive Winner, California Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018, 2019

Los Angeles Business Journal “Leaders in Law” Finalist, 2016, 2018

Los Angeles Business Journal “Most Influential M&A Advisors,” 2013

Los Angeles Business Journal “Who’s Who in L.A. Law,” 2011

Los Angeles Business Journal “Top 100 Lawyers,” 2010

Lawdragon “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” 2007, 2008, 2013–2014, 2020–2022

Lawdragon “500 Leading Dealmakers in America,” 2007, 2020–2022

Lawdragon “3000 Leading Lawyers in America,” 2011

PLC Which Lawyer?: Corporate M&A

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005–2020

The Legal 500 United States: M&A Powerlist: USA Region, 2023

The Legal 500 United States: Finance: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2012–2013

The Legal 500 United States: Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2008–2010, 2012, 2015

The Legal 500 United States: Finance: Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings: Advice To Managers, 2007–2008, 2015

The Legal 500 United States: M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+), 2019

The Legal 500 United States: M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts, 2019–2021

Memberships & Affiliations

Board of Governors, Cedars Sinai Medical Center 

Board of Trustees, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools Foundation

Advisory Board, Concord Law School at Purdue University Global

Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1985California


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.1985
  • Purdue University, Krannert Graduate School of ManagementM.S.I.A.1982
  • Purdue UniversityB.S.I.M.1982