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Sara Michaelchuck Webber

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Sara Michaelchuck Webber is a partner in the Firm's Environmental Transactional Practice Group. She counsels clients with respect to environmental laws and regulations, primarily in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, securities offerings, financing transactions, bankruptcies and real estate investments in the U.S. and around the world.

Sara advises clients on a wide variety of environmental compliance, contamination and liability issues, including site investigation and remediation, voluntary cleanup programs, reporting and notification requirements, CERCLA liability, underground storage tanks, air quality, wastewater discharge, community right-to-know, hazardous waste management, toxic tort issues, drinking water protection and environmental permitting.


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

United States: Industry focus

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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