Trustee Perl

Sanford E. Perl

Current Term


Appointed By Governor


Professional Experience

  • Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (1990-present)
  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois (1987, inactive)

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), national board of directors
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, board of directors and past chairman of JUF Lawyers and Governmental Agencies Division
  • Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, executive committee
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • American Bar Association

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-present)
  • Listed as a “Leading Lawyer for Business” in Chambers USA (2004-present)
  • Listed in IFLR1000 "Leading Lawyers" directory
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law in Chicago by Best Lawyers in America (2017)
  • Listed in The Legal 500 U.S. - Private Equity Buyouts: National
  • Listed in Super Lawyers (2005-present)
  • Judge Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee (2011)
  • Elijah Watt Sells Award on Uniform CPA Examination (1987)


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude (1990)
  • B.S., Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, high honors (1987)

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