Ms Sara Michaelchuck Webber > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States
Sara Michaelchuck Webber photo


As a partner in Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice Group, Sara advises clients on a wide variety of complex environmental issues, primarily in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and real estate investments in the U.S. and around the world. Sara has managed the environmental aspects of more than one thousand transactions involving all types of businesses and operations. Sara is the go-to environmental transactions counsel for many private equity firms, real estate investment firms and public companies who rely on her to identify and evaluate environmental liabilities and develop creative, practical and commercial solutions to allocate, mitigate and manage the risks associated with those liabilities. Sara’s business-minded support spans the entire course of the transaction from pre-deal counseling to pursuing post-closing resolution of identified environmental compliance and contamination issues. Sara has extensive experience in managing the environmental due diligence process, negotiating environmental indemnities, and securing environmental insurance coverage for environmentally sensitive businesses and contaminated real estate portfolios.


The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with Honors, 2004; Cornell University, B.S., with Honors, 2001

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: transactional

Offering coast-to-coast coverage, Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses one of the biggest environmental transactional practice groups, which handles the environmental aspects of hundreds of successful business transactions year on year. The team is often called upon to provide pre-deal counselling, and assists clients with the allocation and mitigation of environmental risks, indemnity and regulatory issues, crisis management, and environmental disclosures in the context of securities filings. It stands out for its strong track record in high-value and high-profile transactions taking place in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, and is a popular destination for private equity sponsors. Its recent workload includes multi-billion dollar M&A, SPAC and financing deals in an array of environmentally sensitive industries. Based between San Francisco and Houston, Paul Tanaka is the main point of contact in the practice and counsel of choice for several private equity firms and public companies engaged in deals in the renewable energy, oil and gas and infrastructure space. Alexandra Farmer in Washington DC heads up the ESG and impact department, focusing on sustainability and climate- related regulatory requirements. Also in DC, Sara Michaelchuck Webber is noted for M&A and real estate investments, while Stefanie Gitler, who splits her time between DC and Houston, plays a key role in the handling of environmental liabilities in bankruptcy matters. In the Dallas office, Jonathan Kidwell specialises in commercial transactions and bankruptcy matters pertaining to the energy, infrastructure, chemical and mining sectors.