Jonathan Kidwell is a partner in Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice and leads the Practice’s work on energy and infrastructure matters. Honored as both an “MVP of the Year” (2021) and a “Rising Star” (2019) by Law360, Jonathan is also recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as “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 management, 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 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 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 or restructurings.

Jonathan is recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional for 2017–2021.


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, “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, “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, 2017–2021

Kirkland’s Environmental Practice Group 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