Jay Lefkowitz, Class of 1980
Jay Lefkowitz is a senior partner in the New York City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the firm’s Worldwide Management Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, teaching seminars in presidential decision-making and Supreme Court advocacy. In naming him one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” in 2013, The National Law Journal described Lefkowitz as “a leading voice on school choice issues” and “a no-nonsense appellate and antitrust lawyer for an array of blue-chip clients.” His broad-ranging trial and appellate practice has been widely recognized, and in the past four years he has won two landmark decisions at the United States Supreme Court that have reshaped the pharmaceutical industry.
Lefkowitz has also had a distinguished career in the public sector, serving as a senior lawyer and domestic policy advisor in the White House for President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush. He also served for four years as the United States’ Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea. He is a frequent author on law and public policy for several publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Commentary. Last year, he penned a widely acclaimed essay entitled "The Rise of Social Orthodoxy: A Personal Account," which became the subject of dozens of essays and sermons. He and his wife Elena live in New York City and have three children