Mr Neil Hirshman > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Neil’s practice focuses on intellectual property and technology-related transactions, including outsourcing (business process and information technology), software development, licensing, telecommunications, commercial agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Neil has represented both customers and providers, domestically and internationally, in the outsourcing of functions including IT, human resources, F&A, procurement and call centers, among others. Neil also advises clients on intellectual property and technology issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and bankruptcies.


Chair, Executive Committee, Strategic Advisory Board, International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BSEE, 1987); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1990).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing

(Leading lawyers)

Neil HirshmanKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong record in the outsourcing space, with expertise in complex, multi-vendor outsourcing deals. In addition to handling the outsourcing of business processes, the practice draws on its experience of technology transactions to advise on IT outsourcings. The team is also frequently engaged to handle the outsourcing aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Neil Hirshman and Gregg Kirchhoefer offer particular expertise in technology transactions and Todd Herst handles outsourcing transactions across sectors including telecommunications, healthcare, insurance and consumer products. New York’s Shellie Freedman is another name to note with a focus on healthcare and life sciences. Lawyers mentioned are in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s technology transactions group provides critical support to the firm’s market-leading corporate and private equity teams, which regularly act on IP and technology-driven corporate acquisitions, sales, SPAC mergers and IPOs. The volume of deal activity is unmatched by most firms and might lead to the team’s standalone skillsets being overlooked. The practice has long had a major focus on business process and technology outsourcing agreements, and its lead lawyers are equally adept at IP licenses, collaboration agreements and strategic alliances. A notable example was the firm’s advice to McDonald’s on its deal with IBM concerning the development of its Automated Order Taking technology and subsequent spinoff of McD Tech Labs. Key partners include Seth Traxler, Neil Hirshman and Matthew Lovell in Chicago for IP and technology-related outsourcings and transactions. San Francisco-based partner John Lynn is also highly experienced in related corporate and technology transactions.