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    Co-Chair; Energy, Environment and Natural Resources



    Chair; Land, Environment and Natural Resources

    Clean Energy

    Powering Alternative Energy Projects and Initiatives

    The solar and renewable energy industries account for more than a third of the venture capital invested in the U.S. energy sector, and, as the industries continue to evolve, new technologies and regulations, and expanded funding opportunities, will require heightened legal and regulatory support.

    For over 25 years, Manatt has been at the forefront of law firms working to align clean energy technological innovation with public policy. Harnessing Manatt'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, including, in some cases, insights gained from working in the sector themselves, to their understanding of technology, industry strategy and business applications. Some ways in which our attorneys contributed to the growth and development of solar and renewable energy even before 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 sector 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 from prestigious institutions in chemical engineering, marine biology and environmental studies. With this deep well industry experience and technical knowledge to draw from, our Clean Energy team has been able to accurately anticipate, thoroughly comprehend and strategically approach a wide range of cutting-edge issues across this cutting edge 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 (general and industry-specific)

    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
    Mannisto, Jeffrey A. Los Angeles 310.312.4212
    Polentz, Michael Palo Alto 650.251.1440
    Riedel, Adam Washington, D.C. 202.585.6522
    Walsh, James S. Albany 518.431.6717
    Wolff, Ted New York 212.790.4575

    Clean Energy

    Representative Matters

    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; M&A and entity formation in Delaware and California; and energy research, including tariff analysis, in Hawaii and California
    • A limited partnership seeking tax advice on wind and solar energy projects
    • A crude-oil producer in the development and financing of alternative energy facilities in California, including oil fields, cogeneration projects and geothermal power plants
    • 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
  • Awards & Rankings

    logo/img/@altRanked Nationally for Energy Law 2011–2016