As a partner in Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice Group, Sara advises clients on a wide variety of complex environmental issues, primarily in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and real estate investments in the U.S. and around the world. Sara has managed the environmental aspects of more than one thousand transactions involving all types of businesses and operations. Sara is the go-to environmental transactions counsel for many private equity firms, real estate investment firms and public companies who rely on her to identify and evaluate environmental liabilities and develop creative, practical and commercial solutions to allocate, mitigate and manage the risks associated with those liabilities. Sara’s business-minded support spans the entire course of the transaction from pre-deal counseling to pursuing post-closing resolution of identified environmental compliance and contamination issues. Sara has extensive experience in managing the environmental due diligence process, negotiating environmental indemnities, and securing environmental insurance coverage for environmentally sensitive businesses and contaminated real estate portfolios.

Sara has been recognized by attorney ranking directories, such as Chambers USA and The Legal 500. In The Legal 500, Sara is mentioned in regards to her experience in M&A and real estate investments. Chambers USA recognized Sara as “an exceptional attorney with an ability to understand and explain complex environmental risks to non-experts."



Recognized in Chambers USA for Environment: Transactional (District of Columbia), 2021–2023.

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Transactional, 2017–2023.

Kirkland’s Global Environmental Practice Group recognized in Chambers USA as “Band 1” for Washington, D.C.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2005District of Columbia
  • 2004Maryland


  • The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2004
    Member, The Environmental Lawyer
  • Cornell UniversityB.S.with Honors 2001