Evolving state and federal climate policies are accelerating the pace of transformation in the energy industry. Policymakers have many pathways for achieving economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction mandates, and which pathways they choose will have major consequences for participants in every sector of the energy industry.

Brown Rudnick’s Energy team has represented a diverse set of energy clients through significant transformations in the energy sector, including electric industry restructuring, the development of the wholesale energy markets, and the shift toward clean generation and renewable development. This experience from both inside and outside of government provides a broad and learned perspective on the risks that lie ahead or the opportunities that we can help create in what may be one of the biggest transformations of the energy industry yet.     

Regionally, nationally, and internationally, we counsel developers, owners, contractors, and purchasers and sellers of energy projects, energy supplies, and technologies, as well as their investors and lenders, on complex initiatives involving traditional, renewable, and clean energy sources. Our multidisciplinary approach to energy industry challenges and our practical experience set us apart from other law firms. Senior practitioners in energy regulation and litigation, transactions, financing, restructuring, government relations, and environmental law work together to generate creative, comprehensive, and cost-effective solutions.

Adding fuel to our Energy team are those who have served in prominent government positions on the state and local levels and in the energy industry, including a former Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice attorney, and two former senior in-house counsel for major electric and gas companies – and they provide crucial access to key stakeholders and decision makers. Our Government Law and Strategies professionals can help you identify new opportunities in this fast-changing industry.

We can assist you with matters involving:

Engineering, procurement, and construction contracts

Power purchase agreements and other energy contracts

Energy project development

Project financing of energy projects

Due diligence for corporate transactions and investments

Acquisitions and sales of energy projects

Mergers and acquisitions

Clean energy certificate and energy tax credit transactions

Environmental permitting, siting, enforcement, and litigation

Federal agency review under the National Environmental Policy Act

Representation before state l public utilities commissions, siting boards, and environmental agencies

Representation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Rate cases


Government investigations and regulatory compliance

Legislative advocacy

Strategic relationships

New England Power Pool and ISO New England stakeholder processes

Energy Group Leader

Philip M. Small



Hartford, CT