Overview

Alexandra Farmer is an environmental partner in the Houston and Washington, D.C., offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. In 2019, Chambers USA described her as a “skilled negotiator” and “deal-savvy,” with “laser focus,” a “sharp mind” and a “deep understanding of environmental law." 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.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

"Be an Averter: Tips for Preventing Environmental Crises," Bloomberg Environment (Author) (May 1, 2019)

“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)

Seminars

Panelist, “Insurance Trends and Developments,” The Fifteenth Annual Environmental Transactional Roundtable, hosted by Allen & Overy (May 2019)

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)

Recognition

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environment: Mainly Transactional in 2019.

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 and 2019.

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

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Not admitted to practice in Texas
  • 2009, California
  • 2010, District of Columbia

Education

  • 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