Paul Tanaka is a partner in the Firm’s Environmental Transactional Practice and leads the Practice on the West Coast. Paul focuses his practice on managing environmental compliance and liability issues, primarily as they arise in the context of corporate and real estate transactions, both in the United States and around the world.
Paul’s work has included hundreds of successfully closed deals, which have involved a wide range of commercial transactions from small venture capital investments to large multi-national acquisitions and divestitures. He routinely conducts and coordinates environmental due diligence assessments, retains and supervises consultants and technical experts, counsels clients on liability and risk allocation issues, drafts and negotiates contracts and agreements, assists in procurement of environmental insurance and other risk-mitigating solutions, and pursues post-closing resolution of environmental issues. The Practice maintains a worldwide network of environmental consulting and insurance and legal professionals to provide clients with all necessary resources during or following their transactions.
Paul also has experience on a full range of environmental regulatory compliance and remediation matters, enforcement actions and civil litigation.
Paul is proud to serve as a member of Kirkland’s Firmwide Diversity Committee and Racial/Ethnic Minority Subcommittee, and as City Lead in San Francisco for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program.
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
Sustaining Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
City Lead, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentorship Program, San Francisco
Member, Firmwide Diversity Committee
Member, Racial/Ethnic Minority Subcommittee
Member, California State Bar Environmental Law Section
Prior ExperienceKelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, NY, 2001-2004
Other DistinctionsKirkland’s Environmental group was named “Environmental Law Group of the Year” in 2010, 2011 and 2013 by Law360
United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
United States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New York