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.

We are the first Denver law 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

    Chris L. Allyn

    Attorney

    Business and CorporateEmploymentFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyAdvanced EnergyFood and BeverageMedia and EntertainmentSoftware and TechnologyCybersecurity and Data Breach DefenseSustainability

    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

    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

    Sara J. Francavilla

    Attorney

    Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsPrivate Equity

    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

    Tijana Gavric

    Attorney

    Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

    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 CorporateEmploymentLitigationSecurities & 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