Annemargaret Connolly heads the Firm’s Environmental practice, is a leader of Weil’s Climate Change Practice Group, and a member of the Firm’s hydraulic fracturing task force. Ms. Connolly is a well-respected transactional environmental lawyer, advising clients on a wide range of global environmental compliance and liability issues, most notably in the context of mergers & acquisitions, real estate transfers, financing transactions and infrastructure projects.
Ms. Connolly also works closely with the Firm’s European and Asian offices on cross border transactions, assisting in identifying and allocating environmental risks as well as educating foreign clients on potential issues raised by global environmental movements. In doing so, she undertakes and oversees due diligence assessments, retains and works with consultants, engineers and other environmental professionals to quantify potential liabilities, and drafts and negotiates contract language to effectively allocate the risk of environmental liabilities between the parties. Ms. Connolly’s transactional work requires not only an understanding of the current laws and requirements, but attention to pending and future legislative and regulatory developments that may have significant business implications. Ms. Connolly also advises on disclosure issues in the preparation of financial statement and public securities filings and negotiates transaction specific environmental insurance transactions.
Besides transactional experience, Ms. Connolly counsels clients on a variety of environmental and health and safety topics, including climate change, renewable energy projects and concerns, compliance with hazardous waste and hazardous material, wastewater and air emission requirements, occupational safety issues, asbestos, mold and other building concerns, as well as shareholder, successor and lender liability.
In June 2016, Ms. Connolly was recognized as an Energy & Environmental “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal and highlighted for pioneering a practice focused on identifying and allocating environmental risks in transactions, as well as for her roles in numerous landmark deals stretching back more than 25 years. Ms. Connolly is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA, where clients note that she is “one of the smartest, most adept environmental lawyers,” who “makes sure that her clients are very well taken care of and she stays on top of cutting-edge issues.” She was named a 2016 Environmental “MVP” by Law360, and is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers as a leading environmental attorney for corporate transactions. She has published numerous articles, and been interviewed by several industry publications and legal journals, on such diverse topics as climate change, nanotechnology, lender and successor liability, due diligence, and the need for environmental audits in international business transactions, and is a 2017 Environmental Law360 editorial advisory board member.
Ms. Connolly is active in the DC Community serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of DC Appleseed Foundation, and is a member of the George Washington University Athletes Board of Advisors.