James “Jim” Dolphin is a partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP working in the Environmental Transactions Practice Group. Jim manages environmental matters for private equity and industry clients involved in complex transactions concerning the acquisition and divestiture of large businesses and companies, and project development, including negotiating contractual language, counselling clients regarding regulatory compliance and exposure to environmental liabilities and advising on environmental insurance.

Jim has significant experience advising clients on the environmental aspects of energy-focused transactions and projects, including energy transition projects involving carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, solar, energy storage, wind, geothermal, energy efficiency and environmental credits, attributes and offsets.



Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch, 2023–2024

Recognized as a Key Lawyer in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional, 2022–2023


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • English
  • French


  • Emory University School of LawJ.D.with Honors2015
  • Elon UniversityB.A., International Studies & Political Sciencecum laude2012