Kevin Morris, '02, 1973-2019

Kirkland Partner, Private Equity Trailblazer Dies at 46

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Kevin Morris, a corporate partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Chicago office, died over the weekend after a three-year battle with brain cancer, the firm said Monday. Morris was 46.

Working in Kirkland’s leading private equity practice, he handled deals over the years for Bain Capital partners, Cerberus Capital Management, Chicago Growth Partners, GTCR, Monomoy Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management and Sun Capital Partners. He also represented Energy Future Holdings Corp., Sara Lee, and HealthChannels, a portfolio company of Vesey Street Capital Partners, in M&A transactions.

Richard Porter, an M&A partner and fellow Chicagoan, was Morris’ colleague for nearly two decades at the firm. “He was smart, durable, strong and thoughtful. He was a great partner,” Porter said.

Morris, whose position as a law firm partner at the pinnacle of the profession placed him in a distinct minority as an African American man, had been at Kirkland since he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002.