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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Paul leads Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice, with a particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure space, including on transactions involving power generation, oil and gas and renewable energy. Paul’s clients rely on him to identify and strategically manage environmental regulatory compliance and other environmental liabilities. Paul serves as lead environmental counsel for a large number of clients (including private equity and public company clients). He is a big-picture thinker and creative problem solver that clients can count on to be commercial and practical.


Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Government, 1997. University of Hawai’i School of Law, J.D., 2000.

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United States > Industry focus > Environment: transactional

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Paul TanakaKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides comprehensive environmental law advice throughout the entire life-cycle of a transaction. Supporting the firm’s prolific corporate practice, the team has extensive experience of environmental due diligence, as well as the risk allocation and mitigation issues arising from high-value transactions. Other areas of activity include representing clients in the negotiation of environmental insurance policies, and in the enforcement of indemnity claims. The global environment practice is led by Paul Tanaka in San Francisco and Houston. Alexandra Farmer divides her time between the Houston and Washington DC offices, and is rated for her experience of transactions in the power, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors. The environment team is also experienced in high-profile bankruptcy and restructuring matters, an area where Jonathan Kidwell is a key contact. Kidwell, who divides his time between Dallas and DC, also has experienced in M&A, financing transactions and real estate deals. Also recommended is Jennie Morawetz. Based in the DC office, Morawetz advises private equity investors and public companies on issues such as ESG due diligence. Brian Land moved into an of counsel role in 2019.