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Jillian C. Kirn

Jillian C. Kirn focuses her practice on complex environmental and energy litigation, regulatory compliance counseling, and resolution of environmental liabilities identified in the course of transactions. She has wide-ranging experience representing clients in litigation in state and federal courts and works on behalf of developers and corporations in connection with the acquisition, sale, and financing of contaminated real estate, including environmental liability transfers. Jillian routinely assists clients with risk management matters in the context of proposed project redevelopments, renewable energy securities transactions, and legacy remedial liabilities at industrial sites.

Prior to joining the firm, Jillian handled air, waste, and toxics enforcement matters in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Regional Counsel in Seattle, Washington.



  • Completed 5-year term as assistant independent monitor under an EPA debarment agreement with a major energy producer.
  • Counselled government-owned electric power company on environmental risks, legacy liabilities, and natural disaster response, in the financial restructuring of a U.S. commonwealth.
  • Represented a New Jersey power plant in a unanimous decision upholding its NJPDES permit.
  • Member of the Defendants' Coordination Committee for the Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) Products Liability multidistrict litigation pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
  • Represent clients in a variety of industries, including electricity generation, in natural resources damages and contaminated sediment remediation matters.
  • Advise investor-owned energy companies on environmental matters arising in securities transactions related to large scale solar and wind projects in several Western states.
  • Represent clients in various industries, including midstream compression of natural gas, in wastewater, solid waste, and air permitting matters; administrative appeals; and enforcement actions.
  • Advise clients in matters involving environmental aspects of land use, such as wetlands regulation, erosion control, and brownfields.
  • Negotiate and manuscript site-specific and portfolio environmental insurance products, including pollution, legal liability, integrated risk and contractors pollution policies on behalf of developers and corporations.
  • Honors Attorney Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, 2011-2012

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Environmental Law, 2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2017-2020
  • Listed, Law360, "Rising Stars," Environmental, 2020
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, "Dispute Resolution - Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action - Defense: Toxic Tort," 2020
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Environmental Law, 2016
  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association, Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee
  • Board Member, Bartram’s Garden
  • Board Member, Committee of Seventy
  • Member, Delaware River Valley Environmental American Inn of Court
  • Member, Urban Land Institute, Technical Assistance Panels Committee


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2011
    • Senior Editor, American Review of International Arbitration
    • Executive Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly
  • B.A., Haverford College, 2008
Con licencia para ejercer en
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Español