Sara Orr, counsel in the Chicago office, focuses her work on regulatory and transactional matters involving environmental, energy and natural resource issues. As part of her transactional practice, Ms. Orr identifies and resolves environmental issues and liabilities in project finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, securities offerings and corporate restructuring. She is particularly experienced with respect to the oil and gas, chemical and mining industries in the United States and abroad.
With respect to her project finance work, Ms. Orr has significant experience regarding the application of the Equator Principles and the International Finance Corporation’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards to large-scale energy and other industrial infrastructure projects in connection with project financing by export credit agencies and other international lenders. She has represented multiple export credit agencies and commercial banks in project financing matters involving liquefied natural gas, power plants and petrochemical facilities on five continents.
Ms. Orr regularly advises on environmental issues related to the full life cycle of a project’s development: from permitting (including the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments), to defending projects through subsequent litigation, through counseling on environmental compliance and sustainability issues during construction and operation. She provides skilled advice on issues related to the Clean Water Act, the Federal Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act and is particularly knowledgeable about issues related to project development on public lands. Ms. Orr also provides environmental support during corporate restructurings.
In 2009, the President of the American Bar Association appointed Ms. Orr to the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law. She currently serves on the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Policy and Coordination Task Force. Ms. Orr also currently serves in a management role on Latham’s Global Knowledge Management and Mentoring Committees and formerly served as a member of Latham's Global Associates Committee and Global Pro Bono Committee. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Women’s Energy Network and Women in Mining.