Jonathan Kidwell is a partner in Kirkland’s Environmental Practice. He is recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law360 and recommended in The Legal 500 U.S. as “among the most commercial environmental attorneys in the market.” Jonathan’s clients rely on him to identify and manage complex environmental compliance and liability issues, primarily in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, financing transactions, real estate investments and bankruptcies. Jonathan has particular experience in the oil and gas, waste management, manufacturing and chemical sectors and his work has included hundreds of successfully closed deals in a wide range of commercial transactions. Jonathan routinely identifies and assesses environmental risks and liabilities, coordinates due diligence, manages consultants and technical experts, drafts and negotiates contracts and agreements, coordinates lender issues, negotiates environmental insurance coverage, coordinates environmental regulatory approvals and pursues resolution of regulatory compliance and environmental liability issues. Jonathan also has substantial experience advising clients on environmental regulatory risks and trends, managing cleanups, permitting and navigating enforcement actions. Through the Practice, Jonathan maintains a worldwide network of environmental consulting and insurance and legal professionals to provide his clients with all necessary resources during or following their transactions.

Jonathan is recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional for 2017–2020, including for his work in the natural gas sector.



Recognized in Law360 as “Rising Star” for Environmental, 2019 

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional, 2017–2020

Kirkland’s environmental group recognized as “Environmental Law Group of the Year” multiple times by Law360.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • English
  • German


  • Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2008
  • Yale UniversityB.A.2002