Ms Stefanie Gitler > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Stefanie Gitler is a partner in Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice Group, based in the Washington D.C. and Houston offices. Stefanie has led and negotiated environmental aspects of hundreds of transactions. She conducts environmental due diligence for private equity and industry clients involved in complex transactions concerning the acquisition and divestiture of large businesses and companies. She negotiates contractual language in agreements, including those utilized in purchases and sales, credit transactions for obtaining loans from financing institutions, and leases for owning or occupying real property. Stefanie counsels clients regarding regulatory compliance and exposure to environmental liabilities, including the process of obtaining environmental insurance. She assists in the retention and oversight of environmental consultants. She also plays a key role in the handling of environmental liabilities in bankruptcy matters. Stefanie also is the lead of the Environmental Group’s Knowledge Management, with responsibility for internal know-how and maintaining networks of consultants and subject matter experts.


Admitted to District of Columbia, California and Texas Bar


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2009; University of Virginia, B.A., Economics & Environmental Science, Math Minor, with Distinction, 2004. Stefanie is an adjunct professor at University of California, Berkeley School of Law, teaching Environmental Transactional Law.

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.