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Purchasers, sellers, lenders and investors involved in commercial transactions throughout the United States and in many other countries rely on our environmental lawyers for strategic advice on evaluating and allocating the environmental risk associated with transactional matters. Our environmental lawyers help companies navigate the permitting process for major new developments, often in the face of intense scrutiny and vocal opposition. We work closely with our clients, our colleagues in other disciplines, and, when appropriate, qualified environmental consultants, to manage environmental issues in a manner consistent with our clients' business priorities. Our experience encompasses all phases of transactions and projects, including obtaining and defending project authorizations, compliance evaluation and liability assessment associated with target companies, negotiating and drafting environmental terms in agreements, structuring liability allocation mechanisms such as insurance, escrow and indemnification, managing permit applications and transfers, and coordinating post-acquisition integration of environmental management processes and programs.

Today's challenging economic environment requires us to think creatively with our clients about their opportunities and challenges, whether they are owners, operators, developers, customers, lenders, or investors. Our environmental lawyers are key participants in corporate, real estate and bankruptcy transactions that present environmental issues for companies in many sectors of the economy, including energy, chemicals, and renewables. Our environmental attorneys are known for their practical approaches to resolving the environmental issues that can arise in transactions, whether applying for Brownfields consideration, creating an innovative remediation approach, or covering possible liabilities through the use of insurance products and other liability management tools.

  • Chambers USA has consistently ranked K&S at the top of the environmental firms in Georgia, and Les Oakes, an engineer as well as an attorney, has particular expertise in advising on environmental issues in commercial transactions.

  • In both Washington and Houston, Cynthia Stroman employs her experience as a chemical and environmental engineer to address environmental issues for project development, transactions, and financing in the oil and gas, chemical and other environmentally sensitive industry sectors.

  • Also, in Washington, Harold Shaw focuses on assessing issues presented in transactions involving brownfields redevelopment.

  • Joëlle Herschtel is a leading French environmental lawyer, who regularly participates in M&A and real estate operations for the negotiation of environmental provisions as well as for environmental audits. She also advises manufacturers concerning clean-up of contaminated sites and brownfields redevelopment.

  • In Moscow, Olga Kozyr provides environmental counseling in relation to land use, construction and privatization projects, and is recognized as being "unafraid to point out potential risks" in real estate transactions.

  • Chambers has also recognized Moscow-based partner Jennifer Josefson for her specialty in Russian and international transactions in the energy and natural resources sector.


  • King & Spalding's Environmental Practice received the Law360 "Environmental Group of the Year Award" in 2011.

  • Nationally ranked as a leading environmental practice by Chambers USA 2012 Edition.

  • Legal 500:US named King & Spalding as one of the top Environmental Litigation practices in the country in its 2012 guide. Many of our lawyers are individually recognized by Legal500.

In its most recent edition, Chambers USA recognized our environmental lawyers in the District of Columbia, Georgia and Texas. Chambers Europe recognized our global environmental attorneys in Paris and Moscow.

Les Oakes 
T: +1 404 572 3314 ATLANTA
Cynthia AM Stroman (Cynthia) 
T: +1 202 626 2381 WASHINGTON, D.C.
T: +1 713 276 7364 HOUSTON
Joëlle Herschtel 
T: +33 1 7300 3918 PARIS
Olga M Kozyr 
T: +7 495 228 8503 MOSCOW