Christine M.Morgan (Chris)

Of Counsel

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8215

Chris Morgan has been advising clients on environmental law issues for more than 20 years. Her practice focuses on environmental counseling on complex compliance and business strategy issues, administrative enforcement matters, and risk identification and management in transactions and other strategic corporate projects. In compliance and business strategy matters, she represents clients on cutting-edge issues arising under the Clean Water Act (including high-risk TMDL allocations, NPDES permit negotiations, and wetlands strategy), RCRA (including multisite financial assurance, RCRA permitting strategy, and corrective actions), TSCA, EPCRA reporting, CERCLA, and state equivalents.

In addition to her experience and success representing clients on water matters, Chris has extensive experience advising clients on strategic aspects of property remediation and disposition matters under both federal and state corrective action/remediation programs (including Georgia's HSRA, VRP, and Brownfields programs), which includes securing no further action determinations under several programs. In transactional matters, she frequently represents clients in analyzing risks associated with environmental liabilities in various types of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, facility closure and disposition, lending and restructuring transactions, and in developing innovative options for due diligence and for management of identified environmental risks. She has represented clients in proceedings before the United States Environmental Protection Agency, numerous state agencies, and state and federal courts.

Chris is active in several professional and civic associations, including the Georgia Bar Association (Environmental Law Section) and the Atlanta Bar Association, and actively participates in pro bono efforts. Additionally, Chris speaks and writes regularly on environmental law issues.


  • Eastman Chemical Company sells Texas City operations to INEOS Acetyls for $490 millionJones Day is advising Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) on the sale of its Texas City operations to INEOS Acetyls, a global manufacturer and supplier of acetic acid and related chemicals owned by the INEOS Group for approximately $490 million.
  • Fortrea completes $570 million private placement of Senior Secured Notes and obtains $1.5 billion credit facilityJones Day represented Fortrea Holdings Inc., a leading global contract research organization (“CRO”) that provides comprehensive phase I through IV biopharmaceutical product and medical device services, patient access solutions and other enabling services, in connection with the Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $570 million aggregate principal amount of 7.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2030 and a $1.5 billion senior secured credit facility as part of its spin-off from Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Papa Pita BakeryJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its acquisition of Papa Pita Bakery, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality bagels, tortillas, breads, buns, English muffins, and flat breads.
  • Augusta Chamber of Commerce and key industry leader file amicus brief in challenge to government reduction of water levelsJones Day filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Augusta, Georgia and PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, L.P.
  • Aaron's Company acquires BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 millionJones Day advised The Aaron's Company, Inc., a leading technology-enabled, omnichannel provider of lease-to-own and purchase solutions, on its acquisition of BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 million.
  • Asbury Automotive Group acquires Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Total Care Auto for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., in its acquisition of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, and Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar for $3.2 billion.
  • Eastman sells tire additives business product lines to One Rock Capital PartnersJones Day advised Eastman Chemical in the $800 million sale of the rubber additives (including Crystex™ insoluble sulfur and Santoflex™ antidegradants) and other product lines and related assets and technology of the global tire additives business of its Additives & Functional Products segment to an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC.
  • Stonemont Financial Group forms joint venture to acquire logistic centers and other industrial properties throughout U.S.Jones Day advised Stonemont Financial Group, LLC in connection with a joint venture to acquire logistic centers and other industrial properties throughout the U.S.
  • Cumulus Media sold broadcast communications tower portfolio to Vertical Bridge REIT for $208 million in sale/leaseback transactionJones Day advised Cumulus Media Inc. in the sale and leaseback of its broadcast communications tower portfolio to Vertical Bridge REIT for $208 million.
  • General Electric Capital provides $340 million credit facility to healthcare companyJones Day advised General Electric Capital Corporation, as agent, in the $340 million credit facility for a healthcare company and numerous additional borrowers.
  • Eastman Chemical sells Performance Polymers PET business to DAK Americas for $600 millionJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company, a global chemical company that manufactures and sells a broad portfolio of chemicals, plastics, and fibers, in its $600 million sale of its Performance Polymers PET business to DAK Americas LLC, the largest polyester staple fiber and the second largest PET resin producer in North and South America.
  • GE Capital provides financing to Aviv Financing I and certain of its subsidiariesJones Day advised General Electric Capital Corporation in connection with its $405 million term loan and $100 million revolving facility to Aviv Financing I, LLC, a company that provides financing and operations management services to skilled nursing and healthcare related facilities, and certain of its subsidiaries.
  • Eastman Chemical acquires Genovique SpecialtiesJones Day represented Eastman Chemical Company in its acquisition of Genovique Specialties Corporation, a leading global producer of specialty plasticizers, benzoic acid, and sodium benzoate.
  • TorQuest Partners acquires wood and gum rosin and polyterpene resin specialty chemicals business of Hercules IncorporatedJones Day advised TorQuest Partners, Inc. in its $75 million acquisition of the wood and gum rosin and polyterpene resin specialty chemicals business of Hercules Incorporated, a subsidiary of Ashland Inc., which is a provider of specialty chemical products, services and solutions.
  • JUSTGeorgia: Jones Day Atlanta Making the Case for a New Georgia Juvenile CodeBetween June 2007 and April 2008, Jones Day Atlanta attorneys conducted more than three dozen interviews of "stakeholders" and other interested persons involved in the Seventh Judicial District juvenile justice system.
  • Arctic Glacier acquires Tropic Ice PartnersJones Day advised Arctic Glacier Inc. in its acquisition of Tropic Ice Partners, LLC.
  • Parallel fund acquires and recapitalizes Diesel Service & SupplyJones Day represented Parallel 2005 Equity Fund L.P. in its acquisition of a controlling interest in and recapitalization of Diesel Service & Supply, Inc., a purchaser, servicer, and seller of new, surplus, and used industrial diesel engines and electric power generators.
  • Parallel fund acquires and recapitalizes Golden SunJones Day counseled Parallel 2005 Equity Fund L.P. in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in and recapitalization of Golden Sun, Inc. d/b/a Newhall Laboratories, Inc., a manufacturer of hair care products.
  • Parallel acquires Mealey's Furniture and MattressJones Day assisted Parallel Investment Partners (f/k/a SKM Growth Investors) in connection with its acquisition of Mealey's Furniture and Mattress, a provider of a wide selection of affordable furnishings.