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  • Columbia University (J.D., 2005)
  • Williams College (B.A., 2002)

State(s) Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia
  • Illinois

Jennifer A. Simon


Jennifer Simon joined the firm in 2011 after practicing environmental law and litigation at King & Spalding LLP and Mayer Brown LLP. Since graduating from Columbia Law School in 2005, Jennifer has engaged in a wide variety of environmental, toxic tort and product liability matters. Jennifer has been involved in transfers of contaminated properties as part of deals ranging from small brownfields sites to multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions involving dozens of variously impacted properties, including railroads, dry cleaners, food processing plants, various agricultural operations, waste facilities and gas stations. Jennifer has also assisted companies across the nation in their environmental investigation and remediation efforts, both those conducted voluntarily through state cleanup programs and those mandated by judicial or administrative order, including related permitting and contracting. Jennifer has been involved in a range of environmental and product liability cases, including EPA and state agency cost recovery actions; private suits involving CERCLA, RCRA and various state counterpart statutes and common laws; and insurance coverage disputes. Finally, Jennifer has represented clients participating in government rulemaking processes and rule challenges, including those involving state water quality standards, federal MACT rules, CWA regulations, ESA rules and determinations, and NPL listings.

Representative Experience

  • Advised gas utility companies on issues related to the remediation of former manufactured gas plant sites, including litigation and negotiations amongst CERCLA PRP groups and government agencies; related permitting and contracting; securing restrictive covenants; and obtaining site delisting from the NPL.
  • Negotiated environmental terms and counseled clients in relation to real estate transactions involving Georgia’s brownfields program.
  • Oversaw the environmental due diligence process and drafted and negotiated environmental terms for mergers and acquisitions and credit transactions on behalf of numerous companies, including several in the Fortune 50, and five large national banks, including for example, the multibillion dollar merger between Allied Waste Industries, Inc. and Republic Services, Inc., and multibillion dollar acquisitions involving railroad and dry cleaner properties throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Advised numerous companies with respect to permitting and compliance issues, including those arising under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air Act (including Title V), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), state property transfer acts, and environmental health and safety regulations.
  • Advised several companies with respect to penalty mitigation and elimination through voluntary disclosure.
  • Drafted comments during the rulemaking process and engaged in litigation challenging the final rules issued under the CWA (including WOTUS), CAA (including the boiler MACT and the Clean Power Plan), ESA (including greater sage-grouse habitat), and CERCLA (including NPL listings).