Kimberly P. Taylor
Kimberly P. Taylor

On Aug. 1, Kimberly P. Taylor will become the University of Chicago’s vice president and general counsel. Taylor succeeds Beth A. Harris, who is developing and leading a new practice area in the Office of Legal Counsel to better support and coordinate the legal aspects of the university’s increasingly complex and growing number of existing and new institutional affiliations and partnerships, according to the University of Chicago.

A partner of Hilton & Bishop P.C., in Falmouth, Mass., Taylor has focused her practice on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, financings and partnership matters. Taylor became a partner of Hilton & Bishop in 2012, after moving to Cape Cod with her family. Previously she had been an equity partner of Kirkland & Ellis, based in the firm’s New York office.

Harris has been with the university’s Office of Legal Counsel for the past 16 years. Prior to that, she was associate general counsel at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Before joining the medical center, she had a corporate and securities practice at a law firm in Chicago.

“Kim is a widely recognized and accomplished attorney, who will bring these capabilities to bear for the university in an increasingly complex environment,” said President Robert J. Zimmer. “Her demonstrated capacity for judgment, leadership, collaboration and analysis will make her an excellent member of the university’s administrative leadership team.”