Emily Tabak is a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Emily identifies strategic solutions in environmental regulatory compliance, specializing in waste and chemicals management, contamination issues and emerging contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), multi-facility audit management and disclosures, and enforcement response.

Emily has extensive experience helping clients navigate regulatory, permitting, and liability issues involving solid and hazardous waste, chemicals, site remediation, water quality, and air quality. She counsels clients managing complex audit and compliance processes, negotiates civil and criminal enforcement actions, and prepares submissions including reporting and disclosures to federal and state authorities and insurers. Emily also regularly advises clients involved in multiple industry sectors, including energy and resources, mining, oil and gas, aggregates, and electric power, focusing on liability and compliance related to changing federal and state environmental rulemaking, requirements and developments. Her experience includes regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and other statutory schemes.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Emily practiced at Holland & Hart LLP in Salt Lake City, and at K&L Gates LLP and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in the New York metropolitan area, advising clients on a range of environmental compliance issues, as well as assisting with litigation in a high-profile insider trading trial, bankruptcy proceedings, and regulatory investigations. Emily also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert Kirsch on The Superior Court of New Jersey.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author, “PFAS Update: EPA Announces its First Enforceable and Final National Drinking Water Standards for Certain PFAS,” Kirkland Alert, April 2024

Co-Author, “Key Environmental Liability Considerations in Bankruptcy Actions,” New Jersey Lawyer, October 2016

Co- Author, “Environmental Obligations in United States Bankruptcy Actions: An Analysis of Two Key Issues,” INSOL International News Update, April 2018

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, “EPA Final Rule Targeting Methane Emissions: Covered Entities, Advanced Technology, Third-Party Super Emitter Monitoring,” Strafford Webinar, April 2, 2024

Moderator, “How Do We (Re)build Careers for Working Parents in Utah Post- Pandemic?” Utah Business Magazine Webinar, March 24, 2021


Environment: Transactional, The Legal 500 U.S., 2023

Rising Star, Environmental, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2020–2021

Utah Legal Elite, Environmental, Utah Business Magazine, 2021

Utah Legal Elite and Up & Coming, Utah Business Magazine, 2020

Rising Star, Environmental, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Women Lawyers of Utah

  • Board Member and Retreat Chair, 2020–Present
  • Member, 2018–Present

Member, Women’s Energy Network, Utah Chapter, 2019–Present

Member, Utah State Bar, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environmental Law Sections


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018Utah
  • 2012New Jersey
  • 2012New York


  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.2011
    Senior Notes Editor & Executive Board, Journal of Legislation and Public Policy
  • The Ohio State UniversityB.A.summa cum laude2007