Alexandra Farmer is an environmental partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. In 2018, she was recognized as an environmental Rising Star by Law360 in its “Top Attorneys Under 40” list, and by The Legal 500 United States for Environment: Transactional.
Alexandra has developed a particular proficiency in transactions involving power plants, oil and gas assets, petrochemical, manufacturing and other target companies with significant contamination concerns, dynamic environmental compliance challenges, and broad international footprints. She also helps businesses comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations, including resolving compliance issues identified during acquisitions or in anticipation of sales. Alexandra also represents both sponsors and lenders in connection with financing and developing major projects with significant environmental permitting obligations. Her clients rely on her ability to spot issues at the outset of a transaction, to work with consultants to advise them regarding the expected magnitude and likelihood of the risks, and to devise a creative solution for managing environmental liabilities, while keeping in mind the big picture of the transaction and often highly competitive transactions.
Alexandra also counsels clients in the event of an environmental crisis. Her clients praise her ability to strategically prioritize and quickly identify and deploy response teams in environmental crisis situations, including unexpected natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires.
“China’s New Soil Pollution Prevention Law Creates Obligations and Liabilities for Companies with Industrial Sites in China,” Kirkland Alert (Co-author) (January 2019)
“Don't Let PFAS Leave a Mark on Your Business Transaction,” Law360 (Co-author) (February 2, 2018)
Moderator, “When its “Kind of a Big Deal”: Assessing and Responding to Issues that Threaten a Deal or Project”; 26th Fall Conference, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (October 2018)
Panelist, “Unexpected Enviromental Deal Killers Every Corporate Attorney Needs to Know”; Kirkland & Ellis LLP M&A Forum (October 2018)
Panelist, “Rep & Warranty and Pollution Insurance for Transferring Environmental Risks in Transactions”; American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (September 2015)
Panelist, “R&W and Pollution Insurance for Transferring Environmental Risks in Transactions,” The Eleventh Annual Environmental Transactional Roundtable, hosted by Dechert LLP (June 2015)
Recognized by Law360 as a “Rising Star” for Environmental in its “Top Attorneys Under 40” list in 2018.
Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Environment: Transactional in 2018.
Kirkland’s environmental group was named “Environmental Law Group of the Year” in 2010, 2011 and 2013 by Law360.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Washington Pro Bono Service Award — 2010–2015, 2017–2018.
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
Member, Environmental Law Institute
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2010District of Columbia
- The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2009
Member, The George Washington University International Law Review
- Cornell UniversityB.S., Biological and Environmental Engineering (Environmental Engineering Concentration)cum laude2006