John Schoenfeld is an American lawyer specializing in Corporate, Venture Capital, Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions. He holds a membership at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, Illinois.
He is a graduate of Lawrence University and Harvard Law School, having practiced law since 1991 and being admitted to the bar in Illinois.
Early Life and Education
John Schoenfeld was raised in the exclusive San Francisco suburb of Atherton as the son of a podiatrist. In 1976 he and his brother Richard Schoenfeld, along with friend Frederick Woods, devised their kidnap-for-ransom plan to obtain money to settle an outstanding real estate debt.
Prosecutors say the men pretended their van had engine problems along Avenue 21 about 35 miles south of Fresno, prompting bus driver Ed Ray to pull over and park his bus full of 26 summer school students. The brothers and Woods then kept the children hidden in a quarry near Livermore where they managed to escape unharmed.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that it’s time for the three men to be released. They believe the case should have been settled years ago, yet for unknown reasons they are still serving lengthy prison sentences.
John Schoenfeld is a lawyer specializing in corporate, venture capital, finance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as divestitures. He was admitted to the bar of Illinois in 2014 and currently works at Kirkland & Ellis as a partner.
John is an esteemed transactional lawyer with expertise in leveraged acquisitions, recapitalizations, joint ventures and equity and debt financings. He has successfully negotiated and documented numerous large-scale deals for clients across restaurant, insurance, food service, finance, retail distribution, manufacturing and automotive industries.
He has also spearheaded many high-profile litigation matters. One such case involved the successful antitrust challenge to a proposed $1 billion merger between two publicly held restaurants and their related operations.
John Schoenfeld was a successful businessman and an enthusiastic sports fan. He also had a deep-seated devotion to his family and children.
On November 25, 2008, he passed away at the ripe age of 84. Survived by his wife and children, he is deeply regretted by those whom he loved.
His daughter, Karen Schoenfeld, is a trial lawyer. She has represented thousands of people who have suffered injuries due to someone else’s carelessness.
She is also a member of The Seminar and serves on the boards of directors for Hirondelle USA and PineCone: The Piedmont Council on Traditional Music.
In April 2012, Schoenfeld’s book is scheduled for publication and features a foreword by Hugh Jackman. This memoir chronicles both Schoenfeld’s personal life and career as a Broadway producer.
John Schoenfeld has an estimated net worth of $5 million, earned through his career as a professional hockey player. He has represented several teams throughout his career, such as the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings.
He has made his fortune through real estate investments. He’s invested in numerous companies, such as Transist Impact Labs – which makes early-stage investments into Asian social enterprises. Additionally, he serves as board member for several startups and serves as CEO of Strobe Inc., which develops LiDAR sensor technology for self-driving cars.
He is 70 years old, born on September 4th 1952. He stands at 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm) tall and weighs 206 lbs (93 kg). Unfortunately, he does not have any children.