As a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Corporate Practice Group, David Feirstein specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and securities law matters, as well as corporate governance. With extensive experience representing public companies, private equity sponsors and private companies on high-profile deals across industries, David is well qualified to advise his clients.
He serves on the Firm’s Worldwide Executive Management Committee and is co-author of their Corporate Transactions Advisory, which offers practical advice to corporate executives when faced with complex deals.
Early Life and Education
David Feirstein is a renowned playwright, comedian and actor who has starred in multiple plays and movies. Additionally, he has written opinion pieces for publications such as the New York Times, HuffPost and PBS.
Harvey Fierstein was born in Brooklyn, New York and made his acting debut in 1971 with Andy Warhol’s play Pork. Subsequently, he attended Pratt Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
In the 1970s, Fierstein composed a trilogy of one-act plays (The International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery and Widows and Children First) which were later performed together as Torch Song Trilogy. This play became an iconic landmark in American theater and earned Fierstein both a Tony Award for best play and Best Actor.
David Feirstein is an attorney based in the New York, NY area who represents clients with legal needs. His expertise has earned him recognition from his peers and was named to Rising Stars from 2014 – 2017.
His professional expertise encompasses a broad range of practice areas, such as corporate law and litigation. He frequently advises public companies, private equity sponsors and privately held businesses on various corporate and securities matters.
He is a member of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Corporate Advisory Group and frequently provides clients with advice on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, carve-out transactions, joint ventures and other commercial and business matters. Furthermore, he serves as a special advisor on corporate governance matters.
Achievement and Honors
Fierstein, a longtime resident of Manhattan’s borough of New York City and veteran to the theatre world, has received many awards and accolades over time for his brilliant efforts in preserving Shakespeare’s works. Most recently he received the CSA (Critical Service Association) Lifetime Achievement Award, an accolade in recognition of all his numerous contributions to American culture that were spearheaded by CSA president and CEO Michael LeBlanc at a reception held at his hotel. When announcing this honor at that reception, LeBlanc praised Fierstein’s philanthropic efforts as essential in maintaining American culture.
David Fierstein is an accomplished actor and playwright. He has received multiple nominations for his work, earning him a reputation as an excellent storyteller. David has written numerous op-eds for publications such as the New York Times and HuffPost.
In 2022, he released his memoir I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir which quickly went on to become a New York Times Bestseller.
He has written plays such as ‘Fugue in a Nursery’ and ‘Widows and Children First!’ He has also worked on films like ‘Garbo Talks’.
He has earned numerous accolades for his work, including the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Additionally, he won a News & Documentary Emmy for his narration in the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk.
Harvey Fierstein was born on June 6, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York and is an acclaimed actor, playwright and LGBT rights advocate. Raised Jewish, Fierstein later converted to atheism.
He began acting in experimental theatre projects and, by the 1970s, graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA degree. Since then he has appeared in numerous plays and films such as Independence Day and Mrs. Doubtfire, plus on television shows like Cheers and Smash.
He won Tony Awards for writing and staring in Torch Song Trilogy, as well as portraying Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Additionally, he received another Tony for his musical Hairspray which also won him a Tony. Additionally, he wrote the books for Kinky Boots and Newsies – both stage musicals.