Linda Myers is a corporate partner at international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she was a member of Kirkland’s Global Management Committee from 2010 to 2020 and has three decades of experience advising clients. A senior partner and one of the original members of the Firm’s Debt Finance Practice Group, she focuses her work on transactions for private equity groups, commercial lending institutions and major private and public companies. Linda is ranked by Chambers Global and Chambers USA as one of a very exclusive group of “Eminent Practitioners” nationwide.
Linda’s practice serves private equity sponsors and companies in connection with leveraged buyout financings for acquisitions, as well as working capital facilities, CP backup facilities, refinancings and other commercial banking matters. She also represents lenders in distressed transactions and in acquisition financing and refinancing opportunities. In the restructuring arena, Linda predominantly counsels debtors looking for financing to navigate through and exit bankruptcy.
In 2018, The Legal 500 inducted Linda into its Hall of Fame in Finance and Commercial Lending. This honor highlights law firm partners “at the pinnacle of the profession” who “have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.” In 2020 and 2018, the IFLR1000 Women Leaders guide named Linda as one of the 300 female lawyers ranked as the best transactional practitioners in their markets and practice areas. In 2020, Linda was named to Lawdragon’s list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” Also in 2020, Linda received the St. Ignatius College Prep 39th Annual Law Society Award for Excellence in the Field of Law.
Excelling at both law and deal management, Linda assembles and manages top-notch legal teams, gathers resources, supervises work streams, and fosters relationships for the firm. With a style that’s communicative, inclusive, flexible, direct and extremely efficient, Linda relates to people from all backgrounds and believes that building bridges – including with those on the opposing side – tends to lead to more satisfactory outcomes for her clients.
Included by Crain’s Chicago Business in the “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” in 2016 and 2017, selected as a “Notable Gen X Leader in Law” in 2019, named one of “The Most Powerful Women in Business” in 2018 and “The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago” in 2017, Linda enthusiastically supports marquee cultural and educational organizations. For example, she serves on the boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and has done pro bono work for both organizations. Linda sits on the board of St. Ignatius College Prep and is a member of the Parents Council to the Chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, Linda serves on the Advisory Board of Kinzie Capital Partners, a women-founded private equity fund based in Chicago. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Gibraltar Industries (NASDAQ: ROCK) and the National Philanthropic Trust.
Linda earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.