Jennie Morawetz counsels clients in all areas of environmental law across a range of industries, from chemical manufacturing, to consumer products, to various service-oriented businesses. Her work focuses on representing private equity and public company clients in the context of corporate transactions, including coordinating environmental 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 identifying and evaluating pending and proposed environmental regulatory changes that could impact their business decisions, resolving environmental compliance matters, assessing and addressing potential liability under CERCLA and other environmental laws, and negotiating and analyzing environmental insurance coverage. Her clients include American Securities, Gryphon Investors, The Jordan Company, Arsenal Capital Partners, Lincolnshire Management, and Danaher Corporation.
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.
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).
Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award — 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, Environmental Law Institute
Member, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Community, D.C. Bar Association
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)