Mr Seth Traxler > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property


Seth Traxler co-leads Kirkland’s global Technology & IP Transactions practice. He serves as lead counsel in complex or strategic deals where technology assets or opportunities are core to the deal’s value proposition.

Seth helps clients negotiate joint ventures, strategic alliances, outsourcing and service agreements, acquisitions/sales, licenses, development and collaboration agreements, and other strategic commercial contracts. He also works closely with the Kirkland Corporate/M&A Practice on the technology and IP aspects of corporate transactions.

Seth’s long and successful track record has earned him a ranking for six consecutive years in the IAM Patent 1000, which noted that his “tech-intensive M&A experience is virtually second to none” and called him “a master craftsman of complex, international deals of all stripes.” He was also recognized for “Technology: Transactions” and “Patents: Licensing” in the 2018 and 2019 editions of The Legal 500 United States. He is a Recognized Practitioner in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA.

Seth also helps lead Kirkland’s Data Security & Privacy Practice. His experience includes advising Boards of Directors when clients experience significant security breaches.

Seth serves as a Director of the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation and serves on the Firm’s Technology Committee.


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997; University of Kansas, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles joint ventures, IT outsourcing, licensing agreements and prominent M&A-related technology transactions for clients from the private equity, aviation, pharmaceutical, telecoms and fashion sectors. Recent highlights for the team included advising GlaxoSmithKline on its agreement with Pfizer to combine consumer health businesses into a new joint venture. Key names include patents expert Neil Hirshman; Seth Traxler, who is noted for his experience in handling matters involving technology assets; and Palo Alto-based Vladimir Khodosh, who is very experienced in advising on software licensing mandates. Also recommended are Matthew Colman, Aaron Lorber, Adam Petravicius and New York-based Shellie Weisfield Freedman. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in Chicago.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts for licensors and licensees alike, thereby offering clients experience in negotiating from both ends of the table. The practice regularly assists with joint development agreements, supply agreements and agreements pertaining to the provision of services and technical assistance. Another area of strength is the development and implementation of patent licensing programs, often by way of corporate transactions, such as joint ventures or divestitures, but also by way of securitisations, synthetic royalties, royalty buy-outs and royalty interests. The arrival of Shellie Weisfield Freedman from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in January 2019 bolstered the group’s New York bench. Fellow New Yorker David MacDonald and the Chicago-based Seth TraxlerNeil Hirshman, Matthew Colman and Adam Petravicius are the other key contacts.