Jack S. Levin

Lecturer on Law

Winter 2018

Biography

Jack S. Levin graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University’s Undergraduate School of Business in 1958 and summa cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1961, where he was recent case editor of the Harvard Law Review and ranked first in a class of 500.

Jack 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, where he argued cases to the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal Courts of Appeals and also tried cases in various federal District Courts.

Jack has long been a partner at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he has focused on the tax, corporate, SEC, accounting, and structuring aspects of complex business transactions, while helping to build a substantial international M&A/LBO/PE-VC transactional practice.

In July 2013 The American Lawyer magazine named Jack one of the 50 American lawyers who “over the last 50 years … had an outsize impact on the [legal] profession,” by helping to “lay the legal groundwork for the then nascent private equity industry.”

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

Jack 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, as well as 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.

Jack has taught part-time at Harvard Law School (approximately 20 years) and University of Chicago Law School (approximately 30 years), was formerly a member of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee (6 years), and has written and spoken extensively on federal income tax, M&A, and private equity.

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