Jonathan Kidwell leads Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice on energy and infrastructure matters. Previously honored as both an “MVP of the Year” and a “Rising Star” by Law360, Jonathan is also recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as “a key name,” “crucial in the growth of [Kirkland’s] environmental practice in Texas” and “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, bankruptcies, financing transactions and real estate investments. Jonathan has particular experience in the energy (conventional and renewable), waste solutions, project development, manufacturing, chemical and mining sectors and his work has included hundreds of successfully closed deals in a wide range of commercial transactions and several high-profile bankruptcy matters. Jonathan routinely advises clients on environmental regulatory risks and trends, identifies and assesses environmental risks and liabilities, coordinates due diligence, negotiates with regulatory agencies, 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 cleanups and permitting, regulatory compliance and environmental liability issues.

Jonathan is recognized as a key lawyer in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional for 2017–2023.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, “Energy, Climate, ESG & Environmental Matters in Congress and the Biden Administration,“ September 23, 2021.

Panelist, “Energy, Climate, ESG, Environmental and Tax Matters in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration,“ May 11, 2021.

Panelist, “Webinar: Energy, Climate and Environmental Matters in a Biden Administration,” November 19, 2020.

Presenter, “Colorado Senate Passes Oil and Gas Bill SB 181,” April 10, 2019.

Press Mentions

Quoted, “Biggest Environmental Policy Actions To Watch In 2022,” Law360, January 3, 2022. 

Quoted, “How Biden Plans to Cut Methane Emissions,” Law360, September 17, 2021.

Quoted, “The Biggest Environmental Rulings of 2021: Midyear Report,” Law360, July 9, 2021.


Co-Author, "EPA Proposes Rule to Expand Requirements for Coal Ash at Power Plants: Notable Features, Implications and Next Steps," June 6, 2023

Co-Author, "EPA's Proposed New Emission Limits are Latest Development in Conflicting Visions to Regulate Power Plants," May 17, 2023

Co-Author, "PFAS Update: EPA Proposes National Standard to Regulate PFAS in Drinking Water," March 20, 2023

Co-Author, "Biden Administration Proposes Stricter Standards for Oil and Gas Methane Emissions," November 17, 2022

Co-Author, "New Lease Areas, Record-Breaking $4.37B Lease Sale Showcase Big Bet on the U.S. Offshore Wind Sector — What Comes Next?" April 29, 2022 

Co-Author, "Onshore Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Resumes," April 2022 

Co-Author, "Fifth Circuit Panel Sides with Biden Administration in Ongoing Fight with Certain States Over the Use of “Social Cost of Carbon” in Regulatory Decision-Making," March 18, 2022. 

Co-Author, "Latest Twist in Oil and Gas Lease Moratorium: Court Revokes Federal Oil and Gas Lease Sale, Citing Faulty Climate Review," February 4, 2022. 

Co-Author, "Biden Administration and Congress Focus on Methane Emissions," November 5, 2021.

Co-Author, "Proposed Build Back Better Legislation Includes Important Changes for Oil and Gas," November 3, 2021.

Co-Author, “Biden Charts Future of U.S. Infrastructure in Ambitious American Jobs Plan,” April 2, 2021. 

Co-Author, “Biden Administration’s Energy, Environmental, and Climate Policies: Latest Updates and Actions (March 29, 2021),” March 29, 2021.

Co-Author, “Biden Administration’s Energy, Environmental, and Climate Policies: Week in Review,” January 29, 2021.

Co-Author, “Biden Administration is Off to a Fast Start: Day One Actions on Energy, Environmental, and Climate Issues,” January 21, 2021.

Co-Author, “Sweeping Energy and Infrastructure Provisions and Incentives in COVID-19 Relief Bill Signal Important Changes Coming in 2021,” December 30, 2020.

Co-Author, “The Prospect of a Biden Administration: What Does it Mean for the Electricity Sector?” August 20, 2020.

Co-Author, “The Prospect of a Biden Administration: What Does it Mean for Oil and Gas?” July 27, 2020.

Co-Author, "Up in the Air: The Affordable Clean Energy Rule Faces Litigation Challenges and Resulting Regulatory Uncertainty,” September 6, 2019.

Co-Author, “New Voluntary EPA Program Gives New Owners of Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities More Time to Comply with Clean Air Act Emissions Requirements,” April 10, 2019.

Co-Author, “Passage of Senate Bill 19-181: New Era of Change and Uncertainty for Oil and Gas Operations in Colorado,” April 8, 2019.


Honored in Law360 as “MVP of the Year” for Environmental, 2021 

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

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional, 2017–2023

Recognized in Lawdragon “500 Leading US Energy Lawyers,” 2023–2024

Recognized in Lawdragon500 Leaders in Environmental Law,” 2023–2024

Kirkland’s Texas Environmental Practice recognized as “Band 1” (Chambers

Kirkland’s Nationwide Environmental Practice recognized as “Band 1” (Chambers) and “Tier 1” (Legal 500)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • English
  • German


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