PHOENIX - The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has announced that Michelle De Blasi has joined its Phoenix office as a shareholder and will serve as chair of the office's Energy & Infrastructure Group and as a member of the firm's Environmental Group. Before joining Greenberg Traurig, De Blasi was a partner with Quarles & Brady.
De Blasi provides guidance for renewable energy projects, particularly solar energy, from initial concept to completion. De Blasi, along with other recent additions of energy shareholders across the firm, is part of Greenberg Traurig's continuing strategic expansion of its energy practice. The others include Nicolas Borda, based in the firm's Mexico City office and current chair of the energy committee of the Mexican Bar Association; William S. Garner, Jr., who heads the firm's Renewable Energy Practice from the Houston office; and John P. McMullan, also in Houston and previously senior vice president and general counsel of a renewal energy company.
De Blasi's extensive experience in the solar energy market includes assisting multibillion-dollar Fortune 100 companies with all aspects of their solar energy projects, including drafting and negotiating multi-state power purchase agreements for companies that have national facilities; negotiating utility interconnection and renewable energy credit agreements with electric utilities; providing extensive financial structuring and tax-related advice on solar transactions; and performing due diligence evaluation for project sites. She also provides federal, state and local permitting advice on renewable energy projects.
De Blasi's environmental experience spans 14 years and includes real estate projects from traditional and renewable energy projects to Brownfield property acquisition and development. De Blasi provides environmental project advice, from initial due diligence through project completion. She also assists development clients in managing regulatory permitting processes under both state and federal laws, including NPDES permits, aquifer protection permits and Clean Water Act Section 404 permits.
As an environmental attorney, De Blasi has defended clients accused of environmental regulatory violations by government agencies and private parties with regard to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and aquifer protection laws. She also advises clients on regulatory compliance issues, including assistance with internal environmental audits and participation in Voluntary Remediation Programs (VRP).
De Blasi also has a formidable presence in the alternative energy marketplace. She was instrumental in drafting Arizona's Solar Strategic Plan and is currently drafting a broader energy roadmap for the state. She has also been a past chair of the Solar Leadership Conference and currently serves as co-chair of Arizona Technology Council's Arizona Energy Consortium. She is a member of the Arizona State University Professional Science Master Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization Advisory Board.
De Blasi holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and a B.S. from Arizona State University.
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