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Overview

Chris is a highly experienced real estate attorney who has led transactions totaling more than 11,000 megawatts of renewable energy and battery storage projects.

Chris has devoted the majority of his legal career to handling real estate needs for energy projects. For nearly 10 years, he worked in-house, serving as the lead real estate attorney in renewable energy project development, construction and operations for various renewable energy companies. He’s passionate about playing an integral role in such a forward-looking industry, and he has led projects across the country.

Today, Chris manages teams handling all real estate diligence on clients’ renewable energy and energy storage projects. He manages and provides financing deliverables such as title insurance policies and project ALTA surveys and oversees drafting and negotiation of all real estate documents, including project leases and easements, purchase options and sale agreements, build-out agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and co-tenancy and shared facility agreements. Chris is especially familiar with the intricacies of the latter, having created these complex contracts for multiple projects that married various energy technologies.

Chris is known among clients for the depth of his experience, the high volume of transactions he’s led and the efficiency his experience fosters. His years in-house mean that he’s well-versed in the client’s perspective and can quickly analyze materials and situations. Chris has been on the inside of countless projects, and he’s familiar with the internal workings of energy companies and their investors. Having served as lead real estate attorney for renewables companies himself, Chris readily understands client business goals and needs.


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Education

  • J.D., University of Toledo College of Law
  • B.A., Butler University

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Colorado admission pending (practice temporarily authorized pending admission under C.R.C.P. 205.6)

Professional Memberships and Certifications

Illinois Bar Association

Experience

General experience:

  • Drafted and negotiated shared facilities agreements for multiple complex projects.
  • Led real estate transactions for renewable energy and energy storage transactions totaling more than 11,000 MW.
  • Served as lead real estate attorney for the Lackawanna Energy Center, a 1,485 MW natural gas combined cycle electric generation facility in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

Lead real estate attorney, wind and solar projects:

  • Black Rock Wind Project in Grant and Mineral Counties, West Virginia, 110 MW.
  • Mesquite Sky Wind Project in Callahan County, Texas, 345 MW.
  • Mesquite Star Wind Project in Fischer County, Texas, 419 MW.
  • Rattlesnake Flats Wind Project in Adams County, Washington, 160 MW.
  • Rosamond Solar Project in Kern County, California, 192 MW.
  • Rush Creek Wind Project in Elbert, Cheyenne, Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties, Colorado, 600 MW.
  • Upstream Wind Project in Antelope County, Nebraska, 200 MW.

Lead real estate attorney, battery storage projects:

  • Grand Ridge Energy Storage in LaSalle County, Illinois, 31.5 MW.
  • Beech Ridge Energy Storage in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, 31.5 MW.
Outside the Office

Chris is a big sports fan who roots for a variety of Chicago teams, including the White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks. An alumnus of Butler University in Indiana, Chris is also a devoted supporter of Butler basketball.

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