Whether you are a developer, a sponsor, an investor or a lender, in a deal or a dispute, our energy lawyers will help you create opportunity, minimize risk and achieve your business goals.
From game-changing technologies and ground-breaking new laws, to cross-border acquisitions and bet-the-company litigation, our energy group provides full-service legal representation across every facet of the multi-dimensional energy landscape, providing the industry expertise to help clients expand operations through new opportunities and overcome diverse hurdles in the ever-changing energy market.
With the global energy market requiring dynamic growth to meet the projected 50% rise in energy demand over the next 20 years, we expect a substantial evolution of the energy landscape. This evolution will feature increased demand for alternative generation resources, need for a better means to manage intermittent generation resources, a deluge of new laws and regulations across every aspect of the energy sector, and the critical need to address antiquated energy infrastructure. To meet these challenges, our global energy group provides the unique blend of essential legal services that clients need to succeed and compete.
We are a leading law firm in the area of project development and finance, having represented sponsors, contractors, and lenders in numerous major energy and infrastructure financings. We represent clients in both state and federal regulatory matters, including representing clients before state utility commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other federal agencies with energy jurisdiction. We have successfully litigated some of the energy sector's most important cases, including state and federal jurisdictional disputes under the Federal Power and Natural Gas Acts; huge rate cases; controversies regarding state implementation of PURPA; petitions for review or appeals challenging state PUC and FERC decisions; antitrust claims against electric or gas industry companies; multimillion dollar contract disputes; disputes between energy service providers and utilities or commercial/industrial customers; controversies concerning retail wheeling and transmission access; disputes over the extent of pipeline service obligations; and securities cases arising from the California energy crisis. And we represent energy companies and financial firms in numerous FERC enforcement matters involving allegations of electric and natural gas market manipulation with potentially millions in civil penalties at stake.
Our clean technology and renewable energy practice is a leader in the carbon-free electricity market. Our broad-based practice includes solar, wind, wave, tidal, waste-to-energy, geothermal, and hydroelectric generation as well as related clean technology areas such as energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, energy storage, alternative fuels, and advanced vehicles. Driven by renewable portfolio standards, greenhouse gas regulation, and changes in the markets, clean energy is a focal point of the modern electricity build-out, and we are the go-to law firm in this space.
The depth of the firm's energy expertise combined with our "one-firm" model allows our clients access to experienced, multidisciplinary teams to address the most complex legal issues; specifically, our energy transaction specialists work in coordination with colleagues in energy regulation and litigation, environmental and land use regulation, patent and intellectual property, bankruptcy, securities, antitrust, tax, and dispute resolution. Our thoroughly integrated approach differentiates us from other energy practice competitors, making us the preferred source for energy law solutions among industry leaders.
Chambers USA Nationwide: Climate Change (2011 – 2015) Nationwide: Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy (2011 – 2015) California: Environment (2009 – 2015) California: Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (2009 – 2014)
Chambers Global Global: Projects & Energy (2012 – 2015) Japan: Projects & Energy (2013 – 2015) Asia-Pacific: Energy & Natural Resources (2013 – 2015) Canada: Energy Power (Transactional) (2015) China: Energy & Natural Resources (2013 – 2014)
Chambers Asia Japan: Projects & Energy: International (2011 – 2015)
Law360 Project Finance Group of the Year (2012 – 2013)
Legal 500 Latin America Latin America: International Firms: Projects & Energy (2015)
Legal 500 US Energy – Litigation (2009 – 2016) Energy – Renewable/Alternative (2012 – 2016) Energy – Regulatory (2014 – 2016) Environment – Litigation (2009 – 2016) Environment – Transactional & Regulatory (2011 – 2016) Project Finance (2011 – 2016) Land Use/Zoning (2009 – 2016)
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific China: Projects & Energy: International Firms & Joint Ventures (2011 – 2015) Japan: Constructions, Projects & Energy: Foreign Firms (2009 – 2015)
Legal Media Group Morrison & Foerster LLP named one of the Top 10 Clean Technology Firms - CleanTech & Renewable Energy 2015
IFLR1000 USA: Project Finance (2011 – 2015) China: Energy & Infrastructure: Foreign Firms (2015) Japan: Project Finance: Foreign Firms (2010 – 2015) Japan: Energy & Infrastructure: Foreign Firms (2015) Singapore: Energy & Infrastructure (2015)
U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2015 (Tier 1 Rankings) National: Energy Law National: Environmental Litigation National: Natural Resources Law National: Oil & Gas Law National: Project Finance Law National: Regulatory Energy Enforcement Litigation
Here is what they say about us:
“We look to them to bring depth and knowledge for some very complicated regulatory requirements.” (Chambers USA 2015)
“They’re excellent: high integrity and smart problem solvers.” (Chambers Global 2015)
“Morrison & Foerster LLP’s environmental litigators show ‘great strategic capabilities’.” (Legal 500 US 2015)
“Morrison & Foerster LLP is noted for its ‘good response times’ and ‘client-oriented service’ on the energy litigation side, providing a seamless service for energy clients facing litigation, arbitration, enforcement actions and regulatory proceedings.” (Legal 500 US 2014)
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