Overview

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. Her work focuses on representing 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 the 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, including overseeing ESG due diligence efforts; identifying and evaluating pending and proposed environmental regulatory changes that could impact clients’ business decisions; resolving environmental non-compliance matters; assessing and addressing potential liability under CERCLA and other environmental laws; preventing, preparing for, and responding to environmental crises; and analyzing and negotiating environmental insurance coverage.

Jennie’s clients include American Securities, Arclight Capital Partners, The Jordan Company, Arsenal Capital Partners, Gryphon Investors, and Lincolnshire 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 environmental 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 practice, Jennie maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes representing individuals in immigration, habeas, and veteran’s benefit proceedings and assisting environmental NGOs with conservation efforts in the Rocky Mountain West and Alaska.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Managing ESG Consultants In Private Equity Transactions, Law360 (2019).

Assessment: Chinook, Chum, and Whitefish Ecology in the Yukon River Basin, Duke University (2013).

Note, No Room for Squatters: Alaska’s Adverse Possession Law, 28 Alaska L. Rev. 341 (2011).

Recognition

Recognized for Environment: Transactional by The Legal 500 United States — 2019

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award — 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

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
  • 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)