Practicing law should be about achieving objectives,
not billable hours.

Founding Attorney

Steve is a seasoned attorney with over 20 years of experience helping energy companies develop, finance, buy, sell and manage energy projects and businesses.

He has served as general counsel at three leading solar companies – SunEdison, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and MMA Renewable Ventures – and has been a partner at a top national law firm with a leading energy practice.

Steve’s recent experience includes:

  • Acquisition, development, financing, construction and operation of commercial and utility solar projects

  • Development and financing of a 1 GW utility scale solar project pipeline with over 300 MW of solar PPAs (sold to SunEdison in 2011)

  • Over $600 million in solar project financing transactions

  • Energy storage project acquisitions, development and financing transactions

  • Acquisition and development of biodigester energy systems

  • Landfill gas to energy project (power purchase agreements and O&M)

Steve brings a businessperson’s mentality to the practice of law, which helps him distill complex issues into clear resolutions that appropriately balance risk, benefit and cost.

He founded Clean Energy Counsel to provide high-quality legal services that are more practical and cost-effective than those provided by traditional law firms. This will help drive down the cost of clean energy and enable our clients to be more competitive, which benefits us all.

**Admitted to practice in California


  • J.D. from Washington & Lee University

  • B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill