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Chad J. Husnick


Current Position

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654

Tel: 312-862-2009

Class: XXXIV (2023)Circuit: Seventh

Chad Husnick is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Restructuring Practice Group. He represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, and other stakeholders in all aspects of corporate liability management, restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency proceedings.
Chad has represented clients in a variety of industries, including energy, retail, real estate, infrastructure, manufacturing, transportation and distribution, hospitality and gaming, automotive, and printing. He works closely with his clients to address issues proactively and efficiently. He regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues facing financially distressed companies, including liability management strategies, fiduciary duties, and executive compensation.

Chambers recognized Chad in the 2017–2021 editions of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, noting that he “is a superstar, he is really hard-working and accomplished,” “has a brilliant bankruptcy mind," “ is one of the best tacticians and one of the most knowledgeable scholars when it comes to the law,” “ is a brilliant attorney[,] [h]e is smart, hard-working and singularly focused on delivering for his clients,” and “is one of the next generation of big hitters in the business.” Chad was named a “Dealmaker of the Year – 2016” by The American Lawyer for his role in the $40+ billion restructuring of Energy Future Holdings Corporation and “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer - 2017” by Turnarounds and Workouts.

Chad is a Lecturer in the Law at the University of Chicago Law School and a Contributing Author for Collier on Bankruptcy—the leading treatise on bankruptcy law.

- University of Chicago Law School, J.D. with Honors - 2004
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., Political Science and Behavioral Science & Law with Distinction - 2001