Sam Dykstra is an environmental partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Sam advises private equity firms, financial institutions and strategic clients on a broad spectrum of environmental issues in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, real estate deals, and other transactional contexts. He leverages a sophisticated understanding of domestic and international environmental legal regimes to help clients achieve regulatory compliance and satisfy their risk management goals. Sam has significant experience with negotiating environmental contractual provisions and conducting due diligence, including retaining and working with engineers and other technical consultants. Additionally, he has advised clients in litigation, environmental insurance, and permitting matters.

Sam has worked successfully with clients and targets across a wide array of industries, including transportation and logistics, healthcare, hospitality, agriculture, meat processing, retail, REITs, energy exploration and transmission, real estate development, environmental and restoration services, and the manufacturing and/or distribution of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, cosmetics, electronic components, and plastics.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author, “Environmental Diligence During a Pandemic Lockdown: Examining the Permissibility of Environmental Site Visits under Covid-19 Stay-at-Home Orders,” Fried Frank, April 28, 2020.

Co-Author, “Expert Analysis: Navigating The Many Risks of PFAS In M&A Transactions,” Law360, January 23, 2019.

Contributor, "Chapter 4: Environmental Disclosure," The Year in Review 2018, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2018.


Recognized as one of the “500 Leading U.S. Environmental Lawyers” by Lawdragon, 2023


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014New York
  • 2020Pennsylvania
  • 2013New Jersey


  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey


  • Seton Hall University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2013
  • Wheaton CollegeB.A., Political Sciencemagna cum laude2009
    Phi Beta Kappa