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Overview

Brian is a detail-focused negotiator who wants every line of a renewable energy contract to serve the client’s interest.

Brian guides energy clients at each stage of their projects: from idea through implementation and beyond. Throughout the framework of a project – site planning, design, financing and sale – Brian’s goal is to negotiate transactions that protect clients for the long term. Adhering to complex time lines, Brian helps energy developers, lenders and tax equity investors through:

  • Drafting and securing site-control documents
  • Due diligence review on secured or prospective sites
  • Drafting real estate curative documents to prepare projects for financing
  • Project financing
  • Sale of project to prospective purchasers

Clients value Brian’s navigation of a wide range of real estate and energy transactions. They appreciate his background in contract analysis and working with oil and gas companies and his former position as in-house counsel for a financial institution. Brian understands legal priorities from a business perspective, and brings that knowledge to his customized solutions for each client as they imagine, design, fund and build critical renewable energy sources.


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Education

  • J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Admissions

  • Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel Section; Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section
Experience
  • Represented renewable energy developer with respect to real estate matters in simultaneous acquisition and financing of three existing wind power projects and repower financing for those projects.
  • Advised renewable energy developer with respect to real estate, tax abatement, limitation on appraised value and permitting matters in connection with the acquisition, financing, and eventual sale of the largest single-phase wind project: 525 MW in Coke County, Texas.
  • Represented solar energy development company, Longroad Energy Partners, in real estate, mineral and permitting issues in the development of one of Texas' largest solar projects, Prospero Solar, and in completing funding of the tax equity investment by Facebook.
  • Advised renewable energy development company with respect to real estate matters on financing of what will be largest solar project in Texas: 315 MWdc in Winkler County, Texas.
  • Counseled solar energy developer on real estate, mineral, permitting, tax abatement and limitation on appraised value matters in acquisition of 241 mw/dc solar project in Cameron County, Texas.
  • Advised renewable energy developer on real estate issues in financing of 178-MW wind farm in Nueces County, Texas.
  • Represented multiple tax equity investors in real estate, tax abatement, limitation on appraised value and local issues involving investment in wind and solar projects throughout Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
  • Advised multiple lenders in real estate, mineral, tax abatement, limitation on appraised value and local issues involving financing of wind and solar projects throughout Texas.
  • Counseled electric utility company with respect to real estate matters in acquisition of biomass power plant in Nacogdoches County, Texas.
  • Assisted renewable energy developer with respect to developing 255-MW solar project in Pecos County, Texas.
  • Represented renewable energy developer with respect to developing 260-MW solar project in Lamar County, Texas.
  • Advised renewable energy developers with respect to limitation of appraised value agreements and tax abatement agreements across multiple counties and taxing jurisdictions in Texas.
  • Advised solar power developers with respect to analysis of mineral rights issues and accommodation doctrine.
News Releases | April 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents Austin Energy in $460 Million Acquisition of Biomass-Fueled Power Plant

The $460 million transaction is expected to close during the summer of 2019.

Outside the Office

Brian enjoys outdoor activities, especially golf and hiking. He also likes to spend time outside with his young daughter and son.

Community Leadership
  • San Antonio Youth Education Support (SA YES), Board of Directors  

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