The Bradley Energy Practice Group is a full-service, multidisciplinary legal team that helps clients negotiate and develop successful projects across the world in the dynamic energy industry. We offer a holistic approach to energy projects, from project finance through development and construction, as well as compliance and regulatory counsel. Our attorneys also possess deep knowledge in the areas of traditional fuel sectors and renewable energy sources. Our client base is far ranging and includes developers, producers, financiers and investors, insurers, and transporters.

Our attorneys have extensive connections at numerous state and local agencies in the southeast region, including the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Alabama Surface Mining Commission, and state oil and gas boards. These relationships, combined with our experience in the energy industry, enable us to efficiently deliver our legal services at a rate that is competitive with law firms that possess larger practices.

Because of our adeptness at navigating the shifting commercial and regulatory environment, we are routinely called on to represent clients with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other service commissions. Our Energy Practice Group also advises on all aspects of projects and facilities for electricity generation, refineries, and mining; handles regulatory issues on billion-dollar pipeline projects; and represents large solar companies in construction and site development work throughout the U.S.

Our energy sector services extend to:

  • Construction and procurement – from contract drafting and negotiation to project management, close-out, and dispute resolution
  • Corporate and transactional – advising energy sector firms at all stages of development, in public and private mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, business entity formation, joint ventures, tax and business planning, public and private securities offerings, and debt and equity financing
  • Environmental resources – project planning and development, securing of permits, obtaining governmental approvals, maintaining compliance, and risk management

Exploration and Production: Bradley works with operators in the exploration and production industry on MSAs, mineral liens, intellectual property matters, and other types of agreements and contracts, as well as risk management and litigation when necessary. The firm also provides general commercial services, such as entity structuring, commercial real estate, and employment counsel.

Products and Services: We represent oilfield service companies and manufacturers, such as drillers, equipment manufacturers, coiled tubing providers, mud loggers, wireline companies, pipe suppliers, and others, in negotiating and drafting MSAs, enforcing trade-secret and non-compete agreements, defending catastrophic loss litigation, and providing a wide range of legal services.

Midstream: Our attorneys counsel pipeline, transportation, and storage companies in negotiating and enforcing supply contracts, handling insurance disputes, conducting risk management, litigating commercial disputes and other legal services.

Oil, Gas, and Chemical Plants: Bradley advises refineries, processing plants, and distributors of oil, gas, LNG, and other petrochemicals on drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements, business litigation, and general legal needs.

At the pre-development stage, we assist key stakeholders by identifying the risk factors that may interfere with the ability to attract private financing, including areas such as market and demand indicators, operational issues, technology performance, and regulatory matters. Involving the Bradley Solar Energy Team at the beginning of a project makes it possible to bring to the forefront and address potential issues before the client invests significant time and money.

Bradley’s Solar Energy Team works with clients to mitigate risks and bring them to a level that their tolerance dictates. Our multidisciplinary team includes tax attorneys who are well versed in:

  • Structuring entities to comply with and leverage state and local tax requirements
  • Interpreting and applying state and federal law to minimize clients’ tax burdens
  • Identifying and using state and federal tax incentives for a positive impact on operating costs for years to come

Our energy attorneys help clients establish the right locations with appropriate access, rights, and export characteristics – all essential for project viability and attracting initial investment. At the onset of this project milestone, the Bradley Solar Energy Team is on location, advising on real estate matters including negotiating and drafting:

  • Long-term ground leases and access
  • Transmission and utility easements
  • Environmental assessment and permitting
  • Compliance and impact reviews
  • Permitting for construction and operations
  • Interconnection requirements

Our Solar Energy Team assists clients during the negotiation of the sale of a project’s output, preparation of PPAs and SREC purchase agreements.

We have extensive experience in all phases of construction for solar energy facilities, from selecting EPC contractors, contract negotiations, and documentation – including warranties, guarantees, and performance requirements – to settling disputes during or after project construction.

In connection with our nationally recognized construction practice, Bradley’s insurance coverage lawyers devote significant time to construction coverage advice and disputes, including emerging issues that affect the solar power industry. We regularly handle Comprehensive General Liability (CGL) disputes. Although construction claims are rarely simple, Bradley’s team manages these challenges effectively. For instance, our team recently convinced a complex market of insurers to fully fund a multimillion-dollar settlement on a solar project in Florida.

We leverage the skills of a multidisciplinary group of attorneys who understand the complexities of financing solar projects. We represent developers, contractors, utilities, lenders, and investors in structuring and negotiating these finance transactions to ensure that the effective monetizing of facilities and output yields the greatest return on investment for each stakeholder.

The Bradley Solar Energy team handles ongoing representation of solar developers, owners, operators, and EPC contractors in all stages of project development, including real estate acquisitions, due diligence, and permitting and zoning compliance. We also offer advice regarding key project documents, such as:

  • PPAs
  • Interconnection agreements and EPC contracts
  • State and federal regulatory matters
  • Tax incentives
  • Project finance