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.
Ms. Connolly is ranked Band 1 for Environment: Mainly Transactional in District of Columbia by Chambers USA, where clients note that she is “the best environmental attorney in the country for protecting a company while keeping commercial priorities in mind." She is also recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for Environment: Transactional by Legal 500 US, where she is described as “one of the best environmental transactional lawyers in the country.” Ms. Connolly was named “Best in Environment” by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2017 and is shortlisted for the same award for 2020. In 2016, she 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. She was also named a 2016 Environmental “MVP” by Law360. Ms. Connolly is consistently recognized as a “Best Lawyer” for Environmental Law in Washington, D.C. by Best Lawyers in America and as a leading environmental attorney for corporate transactions by Super Lawyers. Ms. Connolly has published numerous articles, and has 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.
Ms. Connolly is active in the DC Community serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of DC Appleseed Foundation, and is a member of the George Washington University Athletes Board of Advisors.