Sara Zablotney is a tax partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She is widely recognized as one of the top transactional tax lawyers in the country. Her practice is broad-based and encompasses all manner of complex transactions, focusing on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and spin-offs, both domestic and cross-border. She also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, bankruptcy and restructuring. Chambers USA has praised her as “practical, quick on her feet and proactive” and “extremely knowledgeable with good judgment.” Sara has been recognized by Chambers USA for Tax [NY] from 2017–2023, as a “Rising Star” by Law360 for Tax Law in 2014, and is recommended by The Legal 500 U.S.


Thought Leadership


“A Rose by Any Other Name Will Cost You More,” Taxes, March 2020

“Sticking to Your Resolutions: Acting Under a Plan of Reorganization,” Tax Notes, April 2019 

"Debt Instruments Subject to Timing Contingencies: A Discussion and Proposal," Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Memorandum, August 2013

"Taxing Thoughts on Outsourcing," Managing Offshore, September 2005

Speaking Engagements (Recent)

“The Lightning Round: Hot Topics in Partnership Tax,” Practising Law Institute, May 10, 2022

“Tax Sharing Agreements,” ABA, May Tax Meeting, May 13, 2022

“Tax Reform is the Answer. What is the Question?” NYSBA Tax Section Summer Meeting, July 24, 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Tax Forum

New York State Bar Association, Tax Section Executive Committee; Co-chair of Taxable Transactions Committee


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2003New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2002

    Leonard J. Schreier Memorial Prize in Ethics

    Norma Z. Paige Award 

    Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law

  • Duke UniversityB.A., Economics & Historymagna cum laude1999