Paul Tanaka is a partner in the Environmental Transactional Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and leads the practice in Texas and on the West Coast. Paul focuses his practice on managing environmental compliance and liability issues, primarily as they arise in the context of corporate and real estate transactions, both in the United States and around the world. Paul’s work has included hundreds of successfully closed deals, which have involved a wide range of commercial transactions from small venture capital investments to large multi-national acquisitions and divestitures. He routinely conducts and coordinates environmental due diligence assessments, retains and supervises consultants and technical experts, counsels clients on liability and risk allocation issues, drafts and negotiates contracts and agreements, assists in procurement of environmental insurance and other risk-mitigating solutions, and pursues post-closing resolution of environmental issues.
Paul graduated from Claremont McKenna College, receiving a B.A. in Government, and graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Hawaii School of Law, receiving his J.D. While in law school, Paul was a member of the University of Hawaii School of Law National Environmental Law Moot Court Team that won The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.