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Dechert LLP
United States
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Environmental Transactional and Risk Management




Abbi L. Cohen, is an environmental transaction partner in the corporate and securities practice at Dechert LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. She is recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers USA for more than 15 years, focuses her practice on evaluating environmental liabilities associated with corporate, real estate, and financing transactions—including with respect to energy—and providing both state and federal permitting and regulatory compliance advice. She has assisted clients in siting and permitting industrial facilities, including resource recovery and cogeneration facilities, as well as power plants.

Ms. Cohen has provided environmental advice with respect to thousands of business transactions. She has also advised clients on structuring transactions to minimize environmental liabilities, negotiating strategies, and in preparing relevant provisions in transaction documents in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, and financings. She has participated in supervising environmental consultants throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.


  • Penn Law Alumni Advisory Board for Inclusion & Engagement
  • Mortgage Bankers Association, EPA’s negotiated rulemaking on the “All Appropriate Inquiry” standard for the federal superfund statute
  • BNA Environmental Due Diligence Advisory Board
  • Former Chair, “Appropriate Inquiry” Task Force for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America
  • Former Co-chair, Environmental Insurance Task Force for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America
  • Environmental Policy Committee of the Real Estate Round Table
  • Several national real estate, energy, and environmental organizations
  • Environmental Committee of ASTM, the industry standard setting organization, which has established a number of widely used environmental standards
  • Lectures and writes frequently on environmental topics in business transactions


  • Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A., 1980, magna cum laude, with High Honors in economics, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1983

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: transactional

(Hall of Fame)

Abbi CohenDechert LLP

Based in Philadelphia, Dechert LLP‘s practice routinely advises on the environmental implications of acquisitions and divestitures in the real estate and corporate spaces, and is also fairly active in real estate financing deals at the domestic and international levels. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s 26 offices around the globe, the team receives instructions involving the negotiation of environmental provisions in the structuring of transactions, environmental due diligence and development of mechanisms to mitigate environmental risks, including indemnities and reps and warranties policies. In addition to assessing the environmental liabilities associated with corporate, real estate and financing deals, department leader Abbi Cohen is also recommended for federal permitting and regulatory compliance advice. The latter is an area of focus for John Ix, who is also seasoned in environmental disputes.