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Kelly L. Padgett

Partner, Corporate Department


Phone: 1(312) 499-6061
Fax: 1(312) 499-6161


Kelly L. Padgett is a partner in the Private Equity and M&A practices at Paul Hastings.

Kelly’s practice is focused on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate governance matters. Kelly has represented public and private companies and private equity funds in a variety of transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, carve-out acquisitions, corporate restructurings and cross-border transactions in the healthcare, technology, distribution, manufacturing and oil and gas industries.

For her exceptional client service in private equity, Kelly has been praised in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, with clients saying: "Kelly is a fantastic lead deal partner. She's very commercial and makes deals go as smoothly as possible."


  • Chambers USA, Private Equity (2021-2023)
  • The Legal 500 USA, Private Equity Buyouts (2022-2023)
  • The M&A Advisor - Emerging Leader (2023)
  • Shortlisted for Delinian’s Women in Business Law Awards Americas 2023: Corporate Rising Star


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2011
  • University of North Carolina, B.A., 2007


  • Represented Cortec Group in connection with:
    • its acquisition of A1 Garage Door Services;
    • its acquisition of Circle Surrogacy (and numerous add-on acquisitions);
    • its formation of Companion Pet Partners (and numerous add-on acquisitions);
    • its acquisition of Lap of Love;
    • numerous add-on acquisitions for its platform Eye Academy of America;
    • its acquisition of Aspen Medical Products;
    • its acquisition and sale of Window Nation; and
    • its acquisition of Groome Transportation.
  • Represented H.I.G. Capital in connection with:
    • its acquisition of Penhall;
    • its sale of Salary.com;
    • its sale of Taconic Biosciences;
    • its acquisition of Accounting Seed;
    • its acquisition and sale of Hart & Cooley;
    • its acquisition and sale of AVI-SPL (and numerous add-on acquisitions);
    • its acquisition and sale of Medusind Solutions; and
    • its sale of WBB (and numerous add-on acquisitions).
  • Represented Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company in connection with:
    • its formation of Bond Orthodontic Partners (and numerous add-on acquisitions);
    • its acquisition of Medicus Healthcare Solutions; and
    • its acquisition of Health-E Commerce.
  • Represented Inspira Financial (f/k/a Millennium Trust Company), a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, in connection with numerous add-on acquisitions, including (among others) the acquisition of certain assets of The Bancorp Bank, SunWest Trust, E* Trade, Transamerica, Accruit and the acquisition of NuView Trust Company.
  • Represented Grey Mountain Partners in connection with:
    • its sale of Dimex;
    • its sale of 48forty Solutions; and
    • its sale of Kronos Foods.
  • Represented May River Capital in connection with:
    • its acquisition of RLE Technologies; and
    • its acquisition of Unibloc-Pump (and numerous add-on acquisitions).
  • Represented Pfingsten Capital in connection with:
    • its acquisition of Fairbank Equipment;
    • its acquisition of New England Electrical Contracting; and
    • its acquisition of Omega Systems Consultants (and numerous add-on acquisitions).
  • Represented Industrial Growth Partners in its acquisition of Double E
  • Represented Hastings Equity Partners in connection with:
    • its acquisition of TERRA Staffing Group;
    • TERRA Staffing Group’s acquisition of ASG Staffing;
    • its acquisition of Community Tree Service.
  • Represented The Riverside Company in its acquisition of U.S. Cabinet Depot.
  • Represented Cohere Capital in its acquisition of Boostability.
  • Represented Clover Capital Partners in its sale of Main Street Gourmet.
  • Represented Brenntag in connection with:
    • its acquisition of Globe Chemical; and
    • its acquisition of JM Swank.
  • Represented Genera Energy in its acquisition by Ara Partners.
  • Represented Fast Pace, a portfolio company of Revelstoke Capital Partners, in its investment in First Care Clinics.
  • Represented Flexera Software in its acquisition of RISC Networks.
  • Represented MVP Holdings in the formation of Great Salt Plains Midstream, LLC, a midstream joint venture between MVM Midstream LLC (an entity formed with Energy Spectrum) and Chisholm Midstream (a subsidiary of Chisholm Oil & Gas).
  • Represented TierPoint, LLC in connection with:
    • its acquisition of CoSentry; and
    • its acquisition of Windstream’s data center business.
  • Represented KBR Inc. in its acquisition of Weatherly Inc., Plinke GmbH and Chematur Ecoplanning Oy.
  • Represented Marubeni America Corporation in its acquisition of multiple direct-to-the-installer automotive parts suppliers.


  • U.S. Soccer Development Council, Member

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions


Private Equity

Oil and Gas





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Vanderbilt Law School, J.D. 2011

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. 2007

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