Committed to the Business of Alternative Energy, Sustainability

Our Advanced Energy team provides full-service representation for renewable and next-generation energy producers, developers, and manufacturers. We counsel on facilities and business development, assist in corporate and finance matters, advise on development and construction issues, and assist with risk management and regulatory compliance strategies.

Understanding how the industry operates, we bring skills from a broad range of disciplines to advance our clients in this evolving arena. Our team is involved in more than just the legal issues. For example, one of our partners, Ted White, is on the board of directors of a research and consulting company (a “think-and-do tank”) that collaborates with and advises on global, national, and local advanced energy projects and distributed resources. As a team, we work with leading industry groups to create structures that commercialize innovative technologies and distribution models.

Several of our attorneys are LEED certified and assist our clients with real estate projects involving “green” building, energy conservation, and environmentally sustainable development.

Our approach includes a focus on community buy-in and education, with local governmental and public support as keys to successful project development. Our team has successfully turned strong local concern into support for advancing the project.

As one of the first Denver laws firm to achieve B Corp certification and, currently, one of only a handful of law firms in the U.S. to do so. As a B Corp, we are committed to operating our practice in an environmentally sustainable manner. Our B Corp certification ensures that our actual practices match and exceed our commitment to environmental sustainability and advanced energy.

Our expertise includes:

  • Power purchase and structure agreements
  • Transmission and interconnection agreements
  • Project development agreements
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction agreements
  • Site selection, land use and real estate, including regulatory assessment
  • Easements, rights-of-way and eminent domain
  • Project acquisition and financing
  • FERC, State Commissions and other administrative agency proceedings (rulemakings and adjudications)
  • Joint venture formation and structure
  • Technology transfer and licensing
  • Litigation
  • Judicial review of agency actions
  • Seeking federal, state and local energy and economic incentives

A sample list of our experience includes:

  • Negotiated power purchase agreements, LGIPs, LGIAs, government purchase contracts and EPC agreements.
  • Served as lead counsel for development, construction, and operation of utility-scale solar and wind developments in multiple states, including Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming.
  • Acted as outside general counsel for a technology company that developed a patented high-throughput manufacturing measurement system that evaluates the residual and handling stresses and defects in photovoltaic (PV) silicon wafers.
  • Delivered primary legal counsel for day-to-day operations of an international clean energy company with solar, hydroelectric, wind, carbon trading and consulting divisions; assistance included public offering and sale.
  • Provided merger and acquisition services for advanced energy production facilities.
  • Represented a private equity fund that invests in energy technology companies.
  • Provided comprehensive representation to a large geothermal company in both the litigation and transactional arenas.
  • Represented a public energy technology company in developing and implementing a long-term strategic financial plan, including public and private financing asset divestiture, a sale to an overseas fund, and complex restructuring of debt and equity securities.
  • Lead counsel in connection with the creation of a global non-profit organization focused on accelerating blockchain technology development across the energy sector.
  • Representation of renewable energy developers in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings, and with Large GEnerator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP) and Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) issues.
  • Lead counsel for the development, construction, and operation of utility scale wind and solar developments in multiple states, including Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming.
Practice Area Contact

J. David Arkell

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionLitigation

James Belgum

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationInsurance

Jack W. Berryhill

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Kelsey R. Bowers

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentLitigationInsurance

Abby L. Brown

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionEmploymentLitigation

Theodore B. Brown

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

Chelsea Brune

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentReal Estate

James R. Cage

Attorney

ConstructionEmploymentIntellectual PropertyLitigationFinancial ServicesInsurance

Vikrama S. Chandrashekar

Attorney

LitigationBrewing and DistillingMedia and EntertainmentCannabis

Jordan L. Cohen, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsTaxPrivate Equity

Frederic K. “Jerry” Conover

Of Counsel

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Rebecca B. DeCook

Attorney

Administrative LawEmploymentLitigationAdvanced EnergyCommunicationsPrivate Equity

Keely C. Downs

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergySustainability

Andrew T. Flynn

Attorney

EmploymentLitigationInsurance

Erik K. Foster

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

Paul R. Franke, III

Chair, Litigation Section

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsCommunicationsFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

Mike L. Fredregill

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionReal Estate

Charles Greenhouse

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsLitigationReal Estate

Scott P. Greiner, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateTaxTrusts and Estates

Lynne M. Hanson

Co-Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesFood and BeveragePrivate Equity

Patrick J. Hickey

Attorney

EmploymentLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced Energy

Jessica R. Hunter

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertyBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

Scott C. James

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationReal EstateInsurance

Bethany A. Johnson

Attorney

Commercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

William F. Jones

Attorney

Franchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyLitigationReal EstateTrusts and EstatesBrewing and DistillingFood and BeverageInsuranceManufacturing

David J. Katalinas

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateFood and Beverage

John W. Kellogg

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyManufacturingPrivate EquityBlockchain Technology

Craig J. Knobbe

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

David A. Laird

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingConstructionLitigationReal EstateFinancial Services

Eric B. Liebman

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsConstructionEmploymentLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsTrusts and EstatesAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesInsuranceLaw Firms & LawyersCannabis

Thomas M. List

Managing Partner

Commercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionEmploymentLitigationReal Estate

Stephanie D. Loughner

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentReal Estate

Charles F. Luce, Jr.

Attorney

Intellectual PropertyLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLaw Firms & LawyersSoftware and Technology

Christopher E. McCall

Attorney

Administrative LawEmploymentLitigation

Marilyn W. McWilliams

Attorney

TaxTrusts and Estates

John E. Moye

Attorney

Business and CorporateLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesLaw Firms & Lawyers

Dean Nakayama

Executive Director

Edwin A. Naylor

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsManufacturing

Nicholas M.P. Reckman

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFinancial ServicesFood and Beverage

Kelly Reiman, LL.M. (Tax)

Co-Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateTaxManufacturingPrivate Equity

Dean Richardson

Vice Chair, Litigation Section

Franchise and DistributionLitigationReal EstateCannabis

Lucas T. Ritchie

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentLitigationRegulatory and Enforcement DefenseSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial ServicesInsurancePrivate Equity

Zaki Robbins

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital Markets

Carrie A. Rodgers

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionLitigation

Patricia J. Rogers

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial ServicesPrivate EquityBlockchain TechnologySustainability

David C. Roos

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial Services

Amy H. Ruhl

Co-Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

Dominick Sekich

Attorney

Business and CorporateReal EstateAdvanced EnergyBrewing and DistillingCommunicationsFood and BeverageManufacturingMedia and EntertainmentSoftware and TechnologySustainability

Lorni Sharrow, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Trusts and Estates

Rebecca Smock

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsFood and BeverageMedia and EntertainmentSoftware and TechnologyCybersecurity and Data Breach Defense

Eric V. Snyder

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMergers and AcquisitionsMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergyFinancial Services

Rose Standifer

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyPrivate EquitySoftware and Technology

Jennifer L. Stenman

Co-Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergyFinancial Services

Timothy M. Swanson

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingLitigationFinancial Services

Kristen L. Sweat, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsTaxTrusts and EstatesBrewing and DistillingFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

Jake J. Tiernan

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingMultifamily and CondoReal EstateBrewing and Distilling

Edward D. (Ted) White

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBusiness and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesPrivate EquitySustainability

Rachel Yeates

Attorney

Business and CorporateLitigationRegulatory and Enforcement DefenseSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial Services