Stefanie Gitler is a partner in the Environmental Transactional Practice Group in the Washington D.C. and Houston office. Stefanie primarily conducts environmental due diligence for private equity and industry clients involved in complex transactions concerning the acquisition and divestiture of large businesses and companies. She negotiates contractual language in agreements, including those utilized in purchases and sales, credit transactions for obtaining loans from financing institutions, and leases for occupying real property. Stefanie counsels clients regarding regulatory compliance and exposure to environmental liabilities, including the process of obtaining environmental insurance. She assists in the retention and oversight of environmental consultants. She also researches and prepares memoranda regarding complex legal environmental matters.

Stefanie successfully was a substantive member of the environmental team handling the bankruptcy representation of Tronox Incorporated, a large chemical company facing billions of dollars in environmental claims, and assisted in negotiating the settlement of those claims with federal, state and local government entities.

Stefanie also takes an active interest in pro bono matters. She most recently has supervised attorneys and paralegals working with the National Veterans Legal Services Program to handle claims and/or appeals for veterans who experienced Military Sexual Trauma and seek compensation from the VA.


Thought Leadership


Settling the Tradeoffs between Voluntary Cleanup of Contaminated Sites and Cooperation with the Government under CERCLA, 35 Ecology L.Q. 337 (2008).


Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Environment: Transactional in 2018–2020

Kirkland's environmental group was named "Environmental Law Group of the Year" in 2010 and 2011 by Law360.

Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Environmental Transactional Law)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources

Member, DC Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section

Member, California Bar Environmental Law Section


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010District of Columbia
  • 2018Texas
  • 2009California


  • University of California, Berkeley, School of LawJ.D.2009

    Executive Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly

    Recipient of the Environmental Law Certificate

  • University of VirginiaB.A., Economics & Environmental Science; Math Minorwith Distinction2004

    Echols Scholar

    Phi Beta Kappa