Michael Saretsky is a partner in Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice Group, based in the Firm’s Bay Area office. Michael’s practice focuses on all aspects of environmental matters in business transactions, from public and private M&A and investments, to real estate and debt transactions, bond offerings, infrastructure development and restructuring matters. Michael helps clients identify and manage environmental liabilities and risks in the transactional context, employing both business insight and creative thinking to help them achieve their objectives. Michael is also profoundly interested in emerging environmental issues and advises clients on future environmental considerations that may impact their bottom line.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Michael served as counsel for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy in Washington, D.C., a specialized funding agency in the U.S. Department of Energy, where Michael assisted with establishing and implementing funding programs for research and development of advanced energy technologies. Outside of the office, Michael enjoys connecting with students in a unique experiential class on Environmental Transactional Law at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, co-taught with other colleagues from Kirkland’s Bay Area office.



Adjunct Professor, University of California Berkeley School of Law, Environmental Transactional Practice

Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Law (2012–2014)

Presidential Management Fellow (2010–2012)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015, California
  • 2010, Maryland (inactive)


  • English
  • French


  • The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2010

    Senior Production Editor, Journal of Energy and Environmental Law

    Semi-Finalist, National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (2008)

  • The George Washington University, Elliott School of International AffairsM.A., International Science and Technology Policy2010
  • University of PennsylvaniaB.A., Sociology & Frenchsumma cum laude2004
    Phi Beta Kappa