Andrew Kaufman is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of commercial law and secured transactions, financing and legal opinion practice. As a long-time partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, Professor Kaufman founded and headed the firm’s debt finance practice, and he has continued to work with the firm in an “of counsel” capacity since his retirement. Throughout his career, his practice has focused on leveraged buyout and merger and acquisition financing, syndicated loan transactions, workouts, restructurings and reorganizations, and general corporate counseling. His clients have included major private equity firms as both lenders and borrowers; major national lending institutions; and technology, telecom, energy, manufacturing, transportation and banking companies and institutions. Since 2016, Professor Kaufman has served as professor of practice at the University of Maine School of Law (a position that he held at Vanderbilt from 2009 to 2012) and as director of Maine Law's Compliance Certificate Program. In addition to teaching doctrinal and practicum courses in the business law curriculum, Professor Kaufman's work and speaking engagements explore methodologies for developing transactional practice skills in young lawyers, a topic in which he has long been interested. Professor Kaufman also teaches short courses in transactional practice at Vanderbilt and the University of Southern California School of Law. Professor Kaufman is president of the national Working Group on Legal Opinions Foundation and a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee. A graduate of Yale College and Vanderbilt Law School (where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review), Professor Kaufman remains active in alumni affairs at both universities, including his continuing service as Class Secretary of his undergraduate class at Yale and until 2018 as a long-time member of Vanderbilt Law School's Board of Advisors.