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Overview

Diego collaborates with clients on deals that have real-world impact, from development of utility-scale renewable energy projects to the renovation of urban spaces.

Diego is a commercial real estate attorney with a broad range of experience. He regularly represents clients in all aspects of purchase and sale transactions, lease and easement negotiations, title and survey diligence, and in real estate matters for large-scale mergers, acquisitions and financings. While Diego works primarily with developers of large-scale renewable energy projects, he’s an effective lawyer in many other contexts. He has represented clients on matters involving a wide variety of properties, from breweries and vineyards to shopping centers.

Diego is a practical and friendly lawyer. He finds great satisfaction in getting to know his clients and their objectives personally.


Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
    • Oregon State Bar’s 2016 Outstanding Corporate Law Student Award
    • Green Business Initiative Student Association, Co-Director
    • Energy Law and Policy Project at UO Energy and Natural Resources Center, Fellow
    • Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Executive Editor
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Oregon

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish, proficient
Experience

Wind & Solar Development

  • Served as real estate development counsel to multinational energy company for utility-scale wind energy facility in Illinois.
  • Served as real estate development counsel to multinational energy company for two utility-scale wind energy facilities in Pennsylvania.

Renewable Energy: Project Finance & Acquisitions

  • Served on legal team that represented top-tier multinational bank in tax equity financing of utility-scale solar energy facility in Texas.
  • Served on legal team that represented Fortune 500 company in tax equity financing of utility-scale wind energy facility in Illinois.
  • Served on legal team that represented Fortune 500 company in tax equity financing of multiple utility-scale wind energy facilities in Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.
  • Served on legal team that represented multinational energy company in partial acquisition of utility-scale wind energy facility in Nebraska.
  • Served on legal team that represented multinational energy company in acquisition of utility-scale wind energy facility in Kansas.

Renewable Energy: Construction & Operations

  • Assisted with negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement on behalf of multinational construction company for utility-scale solar energy facility in Texas.
  • Assisted with negotiation of operations and maintenance agreement on behalf of multinational energy company for utility-scale solar energy facility in New York.

Commercial Real Estate

  • Represented developer in acquisition of retail building in Austin, Texas, intended for redevelopment, and advised on 1031 exchange and temporary lease-back matters.
  • Represented owner of Class-A office building in Austin, Texas, in negotiation of long-term office lease.
  • Represented advertising and marketing agency in acquisition of office building in Portland, Oregon.
  • Served on legal team that represented national fast-casual restaurant chain on real estate matters through multiple rounds of financing.
  • Assisted with negotiation of office lease for national food brand in Portland, Oregon's central business district.

Development Incentives & Tax Credits

  • Assisted in representing Fortune 500 company on securing government-funded cash grant for development of large industrial facility in Texas.
  • As part of larger legal team, assisted Fortune 500 company with tax increment financing for development of major industrial facility in Indiana and associated urban redevelopment projects.
  • As part of larger legal team, assisted Fortune 500 company with tax abatement incentive for development of major industrial facility in Ohio and associated urban redevelopment projects.
Outside the Office

Diego likes to stay active and spends much of his free time outside, enjoying Austin's parks and swimming holes. He loves music and art, especially photography, and usually has a camera by his side. As an Austin native, he grew up idolizing Ricky Williams, Vince Young and Colt McCoy, and he still makes time to watch every UT football game.

Community Leadership

Diego is passionate about pro bono work. In the past, he’s helped nonprofit organizations protect wild and agricultural lands from development. He also cares about providing accessible legal advice to individuals with mental health issues and developmental disabilities.

Before his recent move back to Texas, Diego regularly staffed a legal clinic for homeless youth in Oregon. He looks forward to continuing his pro bono work in Austin.

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