Kyle DeYoung > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States
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Kyle DeYoung is a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focuses his practice on representing public companies, financial institutions, and individuals in regulatory investigations and providing clients with strategic counseling when facing complex regulatory issues, potential enforcement actions, and corporate crises. Kyle has extensive experience handling regulatory investigations, both in private practice and at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and is an experienced litigator who has tried cases in federal court and in administrative proceedings.

Kyle has investigated and litigated potential violations of the securities laws in a broad range of areas, including disclosure issues, insider trading, market manipulation, broker-dealer and investment adviser regulations, compliance failures, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, accounting issues, auditor independence rules, requirements for tender offers, failure to supervise, structured financial products, and whistleblower issues. He has significant experience with legislative and regulatory issues and has provided subject matter expertise to Congressional staff on a variety of topics including insider trading, market manipulation, stock buy-backs, activist investors, foreign companies listed on U.S. exchanges, administrative proceedings, public company disclosure requirements, the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, the Financial CHOICE Act and other issues.


Kyle previously spent seven years at the SEC. Most recently, he was Senior Counsel to the Director of Enforcement, where he advised and assisted in the overall management of the SEC’s enforcement program and helped devise and implement policy and strategies to effectively enforce federal securities laws. He also served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC Division of Enforcement’s Trial Unit, where he worked with enforcement staff to investigate potential violations of the federal securities laws and represented the SEC in enforcement actions in federal court and administrative proceedings.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Kyle was a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. Before joining the SEC, he was an associate and counsel at WilmerHale. Kyle clerked for the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Kyle received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.


District of Columbia Bar Association

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Member of Adjudication Advisory Group


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1999
  • University of MichiganB.A.1995

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The ‘diverse and very intelligent and experienced’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile investigations by enforcement authorities for both individuals and corporate clients. On the individual’s side, the firm has considerable experience in representing senior executives in House and Senate inquiries. Practice heads Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel work across the Washington DC and Chicago offices, and oversee a team which includes former DOJ, SEC and FTC attorneys. Filip is recommend for enforcement defense and internal investigations, while Goel is recommended for securities enforcement, FCPA matters, economic sanctions and money laundering matters. Brigham Cannon handles white-collar and regulatory defense, and also compliance matters. In September 2021, the team was strengthened with the arrival of Nader Salehi from Sidley Austin LLP and Kyle DeYoung from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and in Dallas with the joining of Erin Nealy Cox. Erica Williams left for an in-house role at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in early 2022. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.