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Young Energy Professionals Workshop: The Energy Transition Sessions

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Environmental |  Institute for Energy Law |  Newer Lawyers and Students |  Renewable Energy |  Energy Conference
Dr. Laura T.W. Olive |  Archie Fallon |  Lindsey F. Swiger |  Elyse H. Akhbari |  Yvonne Hennessey |  Jennifer Goodwillie |  Tod Everage |  Brian A. Finch |  Christopher T. Furey |  Marcia Hook |  Andrew L. Stuyvenberg |  Michael Masri |   3 more....
3.75 Hours
Original Program Date:
Dec 08, 2021
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.

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This online conference, hosted by IEL’s Young Energy Professionals Committee, features sessions on the ongoing transition of the energy industry and the development of renewables. The conference is primarily designed for attorneys and professionals in their first ten years of practice but may also be of interest to individuals looking to learn more about the renewables sector.


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Dr. Laura T.W. Olive's Profile

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Associate Director

NERA Economic Consulting

Dr. Olive is an Associate Director in NERA’s Global Energy Practice, based in Boston. She has nearly a decade of experience in analyzing the regulation and economics of energy and transport. She has extensive experience in the economics and regulation electricity and natural gas. She has testified on behalf of power producers in SPP and competitive retail electricity providers in MISO. She has supported clients in the electric, gas and water transmission and distribution sectors with regard to changing needs in the energy transition such as the impact of incorporation renewables on tariff design, incentive regulation, and cost recovery methods. Dr. Olive holds a PhD in economics from Northeastern University, specializing in Industrial Organization, where research focused on analyzing competition and market structure in infrastructure-intensive industries.

Archie Fallon's Profile

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Denis A. Fallon (Archie) is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Co-Chair of the Firm's Power & Renewable Energy, Environmental, Social & Governance and Project Finance practice groups. Archie represents private equity funds and corporate clients in strategic transactions primarily in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors. Archie has particular experience advising on platform investments, mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, recapitalizations and project development. Many of Archie's clients invest in infrastructure across the risk-return spectrum, including midstream, power, renewable, transportation and other core assets.

Archie regularly writes and speaks to groups regarding trends affecting private equity investments in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Chambers USA (2022) recognizes Archie nationally for his work in the area of Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional). Archie was named as one of Law360's 2019 MVPs in the area of Project Finance. He has also been recognized as a Law360 Rising Star in the area of Energy and by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star.

Archie is actively involved in energy industry organizations, including serving as Chair of the Renewables Practice Committee at Institute for Energy Law (IEL). He also serves on the advisory boards for IEL, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Renewable Energy Alliance Houston (REAL Houston).

Lindsey F. Swiger's Profile

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Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Lindsey is a Senior Associate in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston Office. She is a projects lawyer, focusing on project development and financing, mergers, acquisitions, divestments and joint venture structuring. She has significant experience working with conventional and renewable energy corporate clients on the structuring, acquisition, development, expansion and divestment of domestic and international infrastructure projects.

Lindsey counsels and advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) agreements, construction and asset management agreements, operating and maintenance and other service agreements, power purchase agreements, offtake agreements, feedstock supply agreements, joint operating agreements, joint venture arrangements (including corporate structuring and compliance considerations), common facilities agreements and asset and share purchase and sale agreements.

Lindsey is the co-chair of Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Energy Transition Associate Group.

Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Lindsey worked in-house at a major international integrated energy company.

Elyse H. Akhbari's Profile

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Thompson Hine LLP

Elyse is an associate in the Columbus, Ohio office of Thompson Hine LLP where she is a member of the firm’s Environmental practice group. She regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance involving due diligence, permitting and enforcement. She has extensive experience in handling matters pertaining to the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, hazardous and solid waste regulation under CERCLA and RCRA, underground storage tank regulations and the Clean Air Act, among others. Elyse is an experienced litigator who regularly represents clients in complex state and federal litigation, as well as before environmental boards of review. Elyse is also a seasoned attorney in the renewable and traditional energy spaces, with experience siting projects, litigating before the Ohio Power Siting Board, and counseling developers looking to remake Ohio’s energy landscape.

She previously served as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office, where she represented the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in federal and state court. Prior to that, Elyse served as a Law Clerk to Judge Michael J. Newman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  While in law school Elyse completed clerkships with both Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA’s Region III Office of Regional Counsel.

Yvonne Hennessey's Profile

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Barclay Damon LLP

Yvonne E. Hennessey is a partner at Barclay Damon, LLP where she practices energy and environmental law and serves as Chair of the Firm’s Environmental Practice Area as well as Co-Leader of the Firm’s Oil and Gas Team.  Yvonne provides counsel to a diverse array of energy clients, including electric power generators, electric transmission as well as interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines.  Her breadth of experience includes project permitting and siting, administrative adjudication, civil and administrative enforcement, and government relations.

Yvonne has also represented clients in every aspect of complex environmental and energy litigation in a broad range of matters in both state and federal court.  Her experience includes actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Article 78 proceedings related to project permitting and siting, and preemption issues under both the Federal Power Act and Natural Gas Act.

Yvonne is the Second Vice Chair of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section and is Past-President of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association.  She has been named to the Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Litigation and selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer Directory for Energy and Natural Resources. 

Jennifer Goodwillie's Profile

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Jenn Goodwillie is the Vice President of Project Development at Ørsted and leads the development of wind, solar, and storage projects in the U.S. from the company’s Austin office. She’s a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and provided legal counsel to utility-scale renewable energy companies on the development, construction and financing of wind, solar and storage projects prior to joining Ørsted. Jenn leverages her legal and development background to expand the energy economy in the U.S. and bring much needed carbon-free electric generation onto the grid.  She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and enjoys hiking, biking and paddling in her free time.

Tod Everage's Profile

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Kean Miller LLP

Tod Everage is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller LLP where he practices in the Offshore Energy and Maritime Litigation Practice Group. Tod’s litigation practice primarily involves representing oil and gas operators (offshore and midstream) and their contractors in federal court, having tried several cases to verdict. In recent years, Tod has utilized his litigation experience to expand his client services into the areas of commercial transactions and federal regulatory and environmental permitting work for offshore infrastructure projects. Tod serves as outside general counsel for several of his oilfield clients. Tod is a 2009 graduate of Loyola University – New Orleans College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas.

Brian A. Finch's Profile

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Baker Botts L.L.P.

Brian Finch has wide ranging experience in the U.S. and international energy sector where he advises clients on all aspects of the energy value chain, including acquisitions and divestitures, complex joint ventures, and large-scale projects.

Mr. Finch's oil and gas practice focuses on acquisitions and sales of oil and gas companies and assets (whether unconventional, conventional or offshore), and complex joint ventures for the exploration and development thereof including, formation of joint venture companies, farmouts, drillcos, joint operating arrangements, and related midstream arrangements.

His projects practice focuses on complex large-scale midstream and downstream projects and joint ventures, green energy (including renewables, hydrogen and syngas), LNG and NGL export projects and complex integrated sites and refineries.

Mr. Finch additionally has significant experience advising clients making a first-time investment into the U.S.. He's assisted numerous clients with surveying and assessing the applicable legal and regulatory risks and requirements (including CFIUS review, BOEM qualifications, etc.), establishing U.S. corporate governance and structuring, and understanding local customs and rules.

Christopher T. Furey's Profile

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Bricker & Eckler LLP

Chris Furey has extensive experience in transactions relating to a variety of energy and real estate projects. He has experience working on transactions across all phases of energy projects, which includes traditional upstream and midstream, oil and gas development, mineral issues, natural gas power plants, as well as the development of solar and renewable projects.

Chris practice also focuses on transactional work in the commercial, residential and industrial real estate area. Chris has negotiated, documented and closed various real estate deals across the region, and additionally assisted clients with other land use documents, including easements and leases. He has experience in all geographic areas of the state with working through and resolving title and survey issues faced by clients. Chris’ clients include both private and public entities with projects in these fields.

Marcia Hook's Profile

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Marcia Hook is an energy regulatory partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Drawing on a deep understanding of complex laws, regulations, and market rules, Marcia provides clients with practical advice to navigate opaque energy regulatory requirements and complicated energy litigation. She has represented clients across the energy industry before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, state public utility commissions, and U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Her experience representing clients across the energy industry helps Marcia provide transactional advice that extends beyond standard-issue regulatory matters such as approvals and filings to transaction strategy and deal structure, tailored to the needs and objectives of the client. Marcia also advises clients regarding the negotiation and development of commercial agreements, including agreements for the purchase and sale of power, transmission rights, natural gas, and LNG.

Marcia was recognized as “Up and Coming” in the 2021 edition of Chambers USAfor Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Nationwide.

Andrew L. Stuyvenberg's Profile

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Drew Stuyvenberg is an energy regulatory partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Drew advises energy and financial industry clients in a variety of regulatory and transactional matters under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), state public utility commissions, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Drew has counseled clients in regional transmission organization tariff disputes, worked to secure FERC approval for mergers and acquisitions under Federal Power Act (FPA) section 203, advised on regulatory risks in natural gas and oil pipeline investments, counseled on Natural Gas Act (NGA) regulations and policies, supported electric rate proceedings under the FPA, and assisted clients in receiving natural gas and electric export authorizations. He has also provided nuclear regulatory counsel for mergers, acquisitions, and international trade matters.

Drew regularly provides advice regarding compliance with the FPA, the NGA, the Interstate Commerce Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, the Atomic Energy Act and agency implementing regulations under each statute.

Michael Masri's Profile

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Michael Masri is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mike is a transactional lawyer whose principal areas of practice are tax, energy and infrastructure. He regularly advises his clients on energy tax credits, government incentive programs, project developments and financings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and all forms of leasing transactions. Mike represents investors and developers in tax equity financings across the renewable energy sector. He also assists clients in a broad range of federal income tax matters, including domestic and cross-border M&A, restructurings, financings, private equity and securities offerings.

Mike was recognized as “Up and Coming” in the 2021 edition of Chambers USAfor his work in Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy where commentators note, “He has a very good feel for tax equity's unique needs and helps the client to think strategically." "He is a creative thinker, has good technical skills and is good at explaining tax to non-tax people.“ He was also recommended by Legal 500 for US Taxes.

Dylan F. Borchers's Profile

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Bricker & Eckler LLP

Dylan Borchers has a practice that focuses on energy infrastructure development, regulatory proceedings, and energy policy. He has represented developers of new generation facilities totaling more than 7,000 MW of new electricity capacity in Ohio before the Ohio Power Siting Board. He is also heavily engaged in Ohio's growing solar sector, representing multiple developers of utility scale solar projects, as well as multiple behind the meter projects. Dylan also represents a variety of clients, including trade associations, municipal aggregators, electric vehicle charging companies and suppliers in adjudicatory hearings, rulemakings and other proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He was formerly employed in management consulting with the technology and business consulting firm Accenture. Dylan was also commissioned as an Army officer and received his honorable discharge in 2008. Outside of his energy practice, Dylan frequently volunteers as pro bono counsel, with an emphasis on providing legal support to veterans in need.

Ekin Senlet's Profile

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Barclay Damon LLP

Ekin has been practicing energy and regulatory law for over a decade. She serves as Barclay Damon's Regulatory Practice Area co-chair and primarily concentrates her practice on regulatory issues, including infrastructure-siting matters (through the Public Service Law (PSL) Article VII and Article 10 proceedings), environmental permitting, major electric- and gas-rate cases, management and operations audit matters, regulatory compliance, and other utility and generator-facility related proceedings. She routinely represents clients in administrative proceedings and evidentiary hearings before the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, and the New York Independent System Operator. Ekin helps domestic and international developers navigate the environmental review and siting processes required for offshore and onshore wind, solar, hydropower, energy storage, and biomass and other complex development projects. She also routinely assists clients in the new accelerated siting process before theOffice of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES).

As part of her practice, Ekin closely monitors and advises clients on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and other clean energy standard proceedings that have grown out of the REV initiative over the years, including energy storage, community solar, value of distributed energy resources, and electric vehicle proceedings as well as the procurements, grants, and other incentives provided by NYSERDA, including the offshore wind solicitations for ORECs, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 renewable energy credits, and NYSERDA's incentive programs for renewable energy development, including the NY-SUN program.

Leslie Hodge's Profile

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Segue Sustainable Infrastructure

Leslie has practiced law in the renewables space for over a decade.  She has advised a wide array of clients from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups in connection with the development, construction, financing and operation of solar, wind, storage, hydro, and conventional power assets.  She has served as counsel to or commercial lead on over 3 GW of renewable generation. 

Leslie joins Segue from the Global Projects practice at an Am Law 100 firm where she represented utilities, IPPs, private equity, major corporate buyers, and project developers in pursuit of their renewable energy goals.  With a depth of industry experience and creative approach, she has focused her legal career on advising clients with innovative project models and development-related problems to solve. 


Prior to her practice at the firm, Leslie served as the Deputy General Counsel and then Senior Director of Investments at Sol Systems.  As Deputy General Counsel, she supported the development, asset management and trading teams.  Later, as Senior Director, she led the team that was tasked with monetizing the Sol Systems development pipeline and serve as the commercial lead on project and portfolio transactions.

Leslie started her career in renewables at the Department of Justice, where she served as counsel to the Renewable Energy Initiative, as small team that worked across civilian and military agencies to create a first-of-its-kind offtake agreement to enable third party financed renewable projects for the federal government.  

Prior to the Department of Justice, Leslie served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York and trial attorney in Illinois.  Leslie holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

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