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    Co-Chair; Energy, Environment & Natural Resources



    Chair; Land, Environment & Natural Resources

    Clean Energy 

    Helping Power Alternative Energy Projects and Initiatives
    The solar and renewable energies industry accounts for more than a third of the venture capital invested in the U.S.energy sector and as the industry continues to evolve, new technologies and increasing funding opportunities will require heightened legal and regulatory support.

    For over 25 years, Manatt's Clean Energy Practice Group has been at the forefront of law firms representing clean energy interests in aligning technological innovation and public policy. Harnessing the firm's strength in government relations and policy development, our Climate Change Group has been actively engaged in the regulatory and legislative debate over the implementation of greenhouse gas emissions reduction legislation. We have also been advising companies, large consumer groups and governmental entities affected by the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

    A Practical Approach to Innovative Technologies
    Our clean energy attorneys bring a combination of legal, regulatory, policy and political perspectives to their understanding of technology, industry strategy and business applications from insights gained while working in the sector. Some ways in which our attorneys contributed to the growth and development of solar and renewable energy prior to joining Manatt include:

    • Reviewing numerous renewable energy projects as a member of the board of a large gas utility.
    • Outlining a strategy for enabling more cost-effective research, development and innovation in the solar and renewable energy field through the development of an open platform for energy distribution.
    • Designing and productizing a single-chip device that uses the photoelectric effect to make an optical mouse.

    Additionally, many of the attorneys and other professionals in our practice have academic backgrounds in science and technology, including degrees in chemical engineering, marine biology and environmental studies from some of the nation's most prestigious institutions. With this deep well of technical knowledge and industry experience to draw from, our Clean Energy team has been able to deftly anticipate, accurately comprehend and carefully approach salient and sometimes critical issues to our clients across the clean energy landscape.

    Our Clean Energy team has provided advice and support in the following areas:

    • Regulatory
    • Legislative
    • Financing
    • Tax
    • Land Use
    • Real Estate
    • Environmental
    • IP/Patent
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Corporate Governance
    • Litigation
    • Commercial Transactions (generaland industry-specific)

    Manatt's Clean Energy Practice in Action
    We have represented and advised:

    • A foreign energy company in the initial stages of financing a wind generation project in Montana.
    • A large-scale provider of solar product installation and grid-sellback services in connection with construction licensing agreements in 15 states; corporate M&A and entity formation in Delaware and California; and energy research, including tariff analysis, in California and Hawaii.
    • A limited partnership seeking tax advice on wind and solar energy projects.
    • A crude oil producer in the development and financing of various alternative energy facilities in California, including oil fields, cogeneration facilities and geothermal facilities.
    • A limited partnership in the development of a project to create natural gas through clean coal gasification technology using a retrofitted coal-fired electric generation unit.
    • A private equity fund in connection with a workout and auction liquidation of a foreign lender's interest in a California hydroelectric portfolio.
    • A commercial developer of solar thermal electric projects in the construction of nine power plants in California.
    • A real estate developer in connection with the development of a green building project that included the installation of solar panels on units, water containment and small hydroelectric usage, and a large-scale solar farm.
    • A rooftop solar panel manufacturer/installer in the siting and building of its headquarters and manufacturing facilities.
    • A hydrogenation and decarbonization joint venture in connection with a large project to convert coal and petroleum coke to hydrogen-powered electricity with carbon capture and storage.

    Attorneys & Professionals

    Allen-Niesen, Keith M. Los Angeles 310.312.4105
    Costantino, Jon Sacramento 916.552.2365
    Davidson, Jeffrey J. Washington, D.C. 202.585.6678
    Dombroski, Matthew A. New York 212.790.4556
    Huard, David L. San Francisco 415.291.7430
    Keen, Randall W. Los Angeles 310.312.4361
    Lehmann, Michael A. New York 212.830.7258
    Mannisto, Jeffrey A. Los Angeles 310.312.4212
    Polentz, Michael Palo Alto 650.251.1440
    Riedel, Adam Washington, D.C. 202.585.6522
    Stoddard, Jack San Francisco 415.291.7548
    Walsh, James S. Albany 518.431.6717
    Wolff, Ted New York 212.790.4575
  • Awards & Rankings

    logo/img/@altRanked Nationally for Energy Law 2011–2014