An insightful attorney who’s incredibly thorough with regard to understanding environmental risks on transactions beyond the usual cleanup issues, delving into far broader areas of risk that get overlooked or minimized. - Chambers USA
Jennie Morawetz counsels clients in all areas of environmental law across a range of industries, from chemical manufacturing, oil and gas, and conventional and renewable power generation to consumer products and service-oriented businesses. Jennie represents private equity and public company clients in the context of corporate transactions, including coordinating environmental due diligence efforts, developing transaction-specific solutions for managing environmental liability risk, and negotiating environmental provisions in various transaction documents, as well as advising on environmental permit transfers, notifications, consents, investigations, and cleanups. Jennie also assists clients with developing and implementing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies and programs, including advising on regulatory requirements and voluntary frameworks such as the U.N. Principles for Responsible Investment and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures; helping clients to navigate ESG considerations during fund formation; overseeing ESG due diligence efforts and climate risk assessments; and assisting with ESG and climate reporting. Jennie has been recognized in both Chambers USA and the Legal 500 for her environmental transactional and ESG work.
In addition to this work, Jennie also helps clients identify and evaluate pending and proposed environmental regulatory changes that could impact their business decisions; resolve environmental non-compliance matters; assess and address potential liability under CERCLA and other environmental laws; prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental crises; and analyze and negotiate environmental insurance coverage. She also partners with litigators to provide environmental expertise on environmental litigation matters, including with respect to emerging contaminants such as PFAS.
Jennie’s clients include American Securities, ArcLight Capital Partners, Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, The Jordan Company, Arsenal Capital Partners, Gryphon Investors, and Ares Management. Clients value Jennie for her attention to detail, thoroughness, and ability to understand and clearly explain the legal and technical nuances attendant in complex issues, as well as her ability to see the big picture and offer practical solutions that dovetail with their business goals.
Prior to starting her career at Kirkland in 2015, Jennie served as a law clerk to the Hon. Sharon L. Gleason on the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska and the Hon. Morgan B. Christen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. At Kirkland, in addition to her environmental and ESG practice, Jennie maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representing individuals in immigration, habeas, and veteran’s benefit proceedings and assisting environmental NGOs with conservation efforts on the East Coast, in the Rocky Mountain West, and in Alaska.
"Mitigating Climate Risk: Advantages to PE Firms Pursuing Climate Risk Programs and Pitfalls to Avoid" (Part One of Two), Private Equity Law Report, June 30, 2020
"The Ripple Effect of EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Investments in U.S. Financial Sector," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, June 26, 2020
"How Cos., Asset Managers Can Plan for Physical Climate Risk," Law360, March 19, 2020
"Bipartisan Senate Energy Legislation Moves Forward," Kirkland Alert, March 9, 2020
"Managing ESG Consultants In Private Equity Transactions," Law360, June 7, 2019
"Assessment: Chinook, Chum, and Whitefish Ecology in the Yukon River Basin," DukeSpace, Duke University, April 15, 2013
Note, "No Room for Squatters: Alaska’s Adverse Possession Law," 28 Alaska Law Review 341, 2011
Recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as an "Associate to Watch" for Environment: Mainly Transactional, 2020
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Environment: Transactional, 2019–2020
Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2015–2020
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, Environmental Law Institute
Member, Environmental/Natural Resources Section, Alaska Bar Association
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2016District of Columbia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Alaska
- Duke University School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2013Editor-in-Chief, Alaska Law Review
- The Graduate School of Duke UniversityM.E.M. (Master of Environmental Management)2013
- Stanford UniversityB.S., Earth Systems; Japanese Language Minor2007
Scholar-Athlete Award (Varsity Lightweight Women’s Rowing)