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Jeanne Cohn-Connor

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Jeanne Cohn-Connor is an environmental partner who represents clients in environmental enforcement cases, compliance matters, restructuring cases and corporate and real estate transactions. Her practice is versatile and includes settlement negotiations, due diligence and contract negotiations, advice regarding environmental legacy liabilities in restructuring cases, brownfields redevelopment, environmental compliance auditing, and management of site investigations and cleanups. Representative clients have included Energy Future Holdings, Tronox Incorporated, Edison Mission Energy, Longview Power, Syngenta, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and Canadian Pacific Railway.


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1984, Semifinalist, Hinton Moot Court Competition; University of Pennsylvania, B.A., History, 1978, cum laude.

United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

Difficult to better’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is renowned for representing BP in matters arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It continues to act as counsel to the client, including in a host of putative nationwide class actions brought by domestic well owners against BP and other major oil refineries relating to the use of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) as a gasoline additive. Other of the firm’s key clients include Dow Chemical, DuPont, and General Motors, with its expertise extending to - among other things - mass torts, challenges to federal and state rules, government enforcement actions, criminal and civil matters, Superfund and insurance coverage, and restructuring and bankruptcy matters. In a recurring highlight case, the team defended the City of Chicago in a putative class action alleging dangerous levels of lead exposure in the city’s water and sewer lines. In Chicago, the names to note are Kevin Van Wart, Andrew Langan, Andrew Running, Douglas Smith, and Richard Godfrey, while Jeanne Cohn-Connor is the key contact in Washington DC.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s environmental regulatory practice handles high-stakes litigation, regulatory issues in corporate transactions and restructuring matters, and enforcement defense work and related litigation. A recent highlight saw the team representing PES Holdings in its pre-packaged Chapter 11 restructuring, which involved negotiating with the EPA for a settlement regarding the client’s ethanol credit obligations under the Clean Air Act and related regulations. Key figures in the Washington DC-based team include Jeanne Cohn-Connor and Brian Land.

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Environment: transactional

Within: Environment: transactional

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is valued by clients for its deep bench and combination of technical and commercial skills. It is routinely involved in environmental due diligence, pre-deal counselling, environmental risk allocation and mitigation, analysis of the environmental regulatory landscape, negotiation of environmental insurance policies, and enforcement and defence of indemnity claims. The outfit has a strong presence advising clients in the energy sector, where recent highlights have included acting on behalf of Rowan Companies in its $12bn combination with Ensue, and advising Energy Future Holdings on its agreement with Sempra Energy for the acquisition via merger of 100% percent of the client’s equity by a subsidiary of Sempra. The ‘outstandingBrian Land co-leads the environmental transactional practice group from Washington DC, where he is also the East Coast practice leader. Other ‘A-players’ in the team include practice co-lead Paul Tanaka, who divides his time between San Francisco and Houston, and Washington DC-based Alexandra Farmer and associate Jennie Morawetz. Also in the Washington DC, Jonathan Kidwell is ‘among the most commercial environmental attorneys in the market’. Other key practitioners include Stefanie Gitler in San Francisco, and Sara Michaelchuck Webber, Jeanne Cohn-Connor and Toby Chun in Washington DC.

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