A senior partner at a top global law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and RNC National Committeeman from Illinois, Richard W. Porter advises some of the nation’s top private equity firms and corporations on mergers, acquisitions and other complex corporate transactional matters while maintaining a high-level involvement in the national and Illinois political scene.
During his nearly 25 years at Kirkland, Mr. Porter has represented highprofile clients in scores of transactions such as PayPal in its sale to eBay, Biomet in its sale to a consortium led by KKR, Dex Media in its restructuring and combination with SuperMedia and Net2Phone in its sale to AT&T, top private equity firms such as Madison Dearborn Partners in its acquisition and sale of Nuveen Investments and Waud Capital in its formation and growth of Acadia Healthcare, and even the Federal Communications Commission in its restructuring and sale of spectrum rights.
At the same time, Mr. Porter has participated in numerous national, state and local political campaigns, including serving on finance committees for past Republican Presidential nominees, as well as for Illinois Governor, Senate and House candidates. Mr. Porter served as general counsel to Governor Rauner’s
transition and continues to provide advice on key legal issues confronting the state of Illinois.
Mr. Porter’s political involvement started with the 1988 George H.W. Bush campaign, after which he served at the White House as Special Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and Executive Secretary of the Domestic Policy Council, then Counselor to Vice President Dan Quayle. Earlier, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy Review and Analysis for the Department of the Treasury.
Mr. Porter served as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also worked as a Lawyer-Economist at Lexecon, Inc. and started his business career at IBM as a Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative.
Mr. Porter currently chairs Kirkland’s operations committee for its Chicago office, the global new matters screening committee and associate review committee. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and serves on Senator Mark Kirk’s bi-partisan judicial selection panel.
Mr. Porter completed his J.D. at the University of Chicago, where he won the John Olin Prize for Law and Economics, and received his B.A. from Middlebury College in Philosophy & Russian History. Mr. Porter is married, has four children and resides in Winnetka, IL.