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Overview

A former engineer, Mary has the experience to guide renewable energy clients through complex corporate law matters.

Mary represents renewable energy clients with project financing and mergers and acquisitions at various stages of project development. Having worked in the renewable energy division of a global engineering firm, Mary understands the necessary steps for taking a project from early development through operations. Clients appreciate her well-rounded perspective on purchase-related and project-related agreements.

In addition, Mary handles corporate governance matters and restructurings for renewable energy companies. She also drafts and negotiates behind-the-meter power purchase agreements to help clients contract for the long-term sale or purchase of solar power.

In Mary’s prior engineering career, she specialized in solar photovoltaics. She drafted and negotiated construction contracts and performance guarantees, performed technical due diligence on solar projects for investors, and monitored onsite construction. She enjoys combining this knowledge with her legal skills to move clients forward and see projects to completion.

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Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
    • cum laude
  • B.S., Kansas State University
    • cum laude
    • Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Texas State Bar Association
Experience
  • Represented Algonquin Power in its construction loan financing of the 87.6-megawatt Sandy Ridge Wind 2 Project in Pennsylvania.
  • Represented Algonquin Power in its construction loan financing of the 112.1-megawatt Deerfield Wind Energy 2 Project in Michigan.
  • Represented solar developer in its sale of three solar photovoltaic behind-the-meter projects in California.
  • Represented Novelis Inc. in sale of 90% of its equity ownership in early-stage business related to the use of aluminum-integrated passive devices in semiconductor and electronic systems.
  • Represented Algonquin Power in its construction loan financing and tax equity financing of the 492-megawatt Maverick Creek Wind Project in Texas.
  • Represented Algonquin Power in its construction loan financing and tax equity financing of the 202-megawatt Sugar Creek Wind Project in Illinois.
  • Represented client in sale of North American micronutrient business for $60.25 million.
  • As lead corporate associate, represented large biofuels company in $750 million acquisition of minority interests in multiple ethanol plant project companies across three states.
  • Represented midstream energy company specializing in greenfield project development in its sale of three operating subsidiaries for up to $1.5 billion.
  • Assisted large private equity investment firm in its acquisition of oil and natural gas gathering and natural gas processing services provider.
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Building the Renewable Power Project Webinar Series - Project Structuring 101

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Outside the Office

Mary enjoys traveling the globe.

Mary travels to destinations where she can connect with nature and enjoy good food. She visits friends across the U.S. and vacations at a new international location each year.

Community Leadership

Mary seeks out emotionally complex pro bono work.

Some clients are so emotionally tied to their legal conflicts that they cannot be objective about them. These are the people Mary seeks to help in pro bono cases. She strives to be the outside counsel who provides objectivity and clarity. Mary has worked on divorce cases, immigration matters, guardianship actions and estate planning.

Mediation

Mary mediates cases to help people feel heard.

A certified mediator, Mary handles small claims and small commercial cases to help parties resolve their disputes before going to court. She has mediated cases such as a patient suing a doctor’s office, a landlord suing a tenant and a driver in a traffic accident suing another driver. Mary believes that while most conflicts seem to be about money, they are actually about validating people’s feelings and helping them feel heard. She likes how mediation allows the parties to find their own creative solutions that work.