Overview

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 is the strategy and operations partner for Kirkland’s ESG & Impact practice, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the practice to ensure it delivers on its promise of integrating cutting-edge legal and strategic counseling on ESG & impact topics into all aspects of Kirkland’s top-tier transactional practice. Her responsibilities include tracking ESG market and regulatory trends (including leveraging data generated by Kirkland’s transactional practice), training, substantive client outreach, and development of innovative service offerings. Jennie also represents clients on complex ESG and climate issues at all stages of the investment and operational life cycles. Clients value Jennie for her attention to detail, thoroughness, and ability to understand and clearly explain complex issues in a “big picture” way, while offering practical solutions that align with their business goals.

Prior to assuming her current role, Jennie was a partner in Kirkland’s Environmental practice, where she counseled clients in all areas of environmental law across a range of industries. She has provided environmental counseling to private equity and public company clients in hundreds of corporate transactions, worked with clients to identify and evaluate pending and proposed environmental regulatory changes that could impact their business decisions, helped clients assess and address potential environmental liability, including in connection with crisis events, and negotiated a number of complex environmental insurance policies. She has also developed approaches for integrating evaluation of climate change risk into the environmental due diligence process, particularly for transactions focused on energy and infrastructure assets, and is a thought leader on this topic as well as other ESG and environmental topics.

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 ESG & Impact and Environmental practices, Jennie has represented individuals in immigration, habeas, and veteran’s benefit proceedings and assisted NGOs with conservation efforts on the East Coast, in the Rocky Mountain West, and in Alaska.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Risk Alert: SEC’s Examination Division Issues ESG Risk Alert for Investment Advisers,” Kirkland AIM, April 19, 2021

Improving Climate Governance Under the Biden Administration,” Corporate Secretary, March 23, 2021

"Enforcement Task Force Announcement is Latest Sign of SEC Focus on ESG and Climate," Kirkland Alert, March 8. 2021

"Expected ESG and Climate Regulation Impacting Private Equity Under the Biden Administration," Kirkland Alert, February 16, 2021

"Pathways to Implement Biden’s Climate Change Policy," Bloomberg Law Environment & Energy Report, December 9, 2020

"Managing PFAS Liability Risk," Kirkland Energy & Infrastructure Blog, August 21, 2020

"Four Key Steps to Assessing and Mitigating Climate Risk," Kirkland Energy & Infrastructure Blog, July 21, 2020 

"COVID-19 Offers Force Majeure Lessons For Climate Planning," Law360, July 14, 2020

"Mitigating Climate Risk: Solutions for PE Firms to Develop a Physical Climate Risk Program" (Part Two of Two), Private Equity Law Report, July 14, 2020 

"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

Speaking Engagements

“Doing Business in the New Energy and Environmental Policy Landscape,” Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia Webinar, April 26, 2021

Recognition

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

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016District of Columbia
  • 2013Alaska

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Alaska

Education

  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2013
    Editor-in-Chief, Alaska Law Review
  • Duke Graduate SchoolM.E.M. (Master of Environmental Management)2013
  • Stanford UniversityB.S., Earth Systems; Japanese Language Minor2007

    Scholar-Athlete Award (Varsity Lightweight Women’s Rowing)