Jack S. Levin

Jack S. Levin

Lecturer in Law

Jack S. Levin has long been a senior partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University’s Undergraduate School of Business in 1958, won the Illinois Gold Medal on the May 1958 CPA exam, and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1961, where he was an officer of the Harvard Law Review and ranked first in a class of 500.  He served as law clerk to Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1961-62 and as assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States for tax matters under Archibald Cox and Thurgood Marshall from 1965 to 1967. 

He specializes in mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital and private equity investing, formation of venture capital and private equity funds, executive compensation, restructuring financially troubled companies, and the tax, corporate, and SEC aspects of complex business transactions.

In 2013 American Lawyer magazine named him one of the 50 American lawyers who “over the last 50 years … had an outsize impact on the [legal] profession” by helping (in American Lawyer’s words) to lay “the legal groundwork for the then nascent private equity industry.”

In 2014 Best Lawyers in America publication recognized him as one of the few attorneys who had been honored continuously in each annual edition since its 1983 inception.

He is co-author (along with Donald E. Rocap and the late Prof. Martin D. Ginsburg) of the five volume treatise Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts (5,000 pages), first published in 1989 and republished in updated form semi-annually, and co-author (along with Donald E. Rocap) of the treatise Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions (1,400 pages), first published in 1994 and republished in updated form annually.

He teaches part-time at University of Chicago and Harvard Law Schools, was formerly a member of Harvard Law School Visiting Committee, and has written and spoken extensively on federal income tax, M&A, and private equity.


Harvard Law
LL.B. 1961
summa cum laude, first in class of 500

Northwestern University
B.S. 1958
summa cum laude