Overview

Michael Mahoney is an associate in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP working in the Environmental Transactions Practice Group. Michael primarily conducts environmental due diligence for clients involved in complex transactions concerning the acquisition and divestiture of large businesses across a range of industries. Michael also drafts and negotiates environmental provisions in purchase, lease, and credit agreements; retains and oversees environmental consultants; provides advice on environmental regulatory compliance and exposure to environmental liabilities; and assists with acquiring environmental insurance policies.

Michael also maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes extensive work in Southeast Asia. Michael has drafted portions of Cambodia’s Environmental Code relating to the protection of the environment during extractive industry operations; and co-led workshops on environmental and social impact assessments in Myanmar.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

Michael Mahoney, Article, Perpetuating the Cycle: The Failure of APHIS and EPA to Consider the Cumulative Impact of Pairing Herbicides with Herbicide-Resistant Crops, 40 COLUM. J. ENVTL. L. 183 (2015)

Michael Mahoney, Note, Panthers, Turtles, and Bears: The Deterrent Effect of States’ Felony Penalties for Takings of Their Endangered and Threatened Species, 26 GEO. INT’L ENVTL. L. REV. 231 (2014)

Seminars

Co-organizer and presenter at “Training Workshop on Public Participation during EIAs — Preparing Communities for Constructive Engagement”, Dawei, Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar, August 26–28, 2017.

Co-organizer and presenter at “Training Workshop on Assessing and Managing Environmental and Social Impacts — Preparing Communities for Constructive Engagement”, Dawei, Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar, November 22–24, 2016.

Co-organizer and presenter at “Training Workshop on Assessing and Managing Environmental and Social Impacts — International Standards and Good Practices”, Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, Myanmar, June 2–4, 2016.

Recognition

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service — 2016

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015California

Education

  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.2014

    Executive Editor - Submissions, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review

    Pro Bono Honoree

  • Georgetown UniversityB.A., Linguisticsmagna cum laude2006

    Francis P. Dinneen Award for Distinction in Linguistics

    Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Linguistics