The world is changing—rapidly. Concerns over energy security, environmental impacts, volatile commodity prices and ever-increasing demands for energy are creating unprecedented challenges and opportunities for our clients.
We appreciate and understand the complexity of your energy challenges. Calfee’s Energy Industry Team focuses on these issues day in and day out, providing sophisticated yet practical advice. Our clients include public utilities, coal companies, energy-related production companies, alternative energy source developers and providers and project developers. We represent Ohio utilities and renewable energy developers, as well as energy businesses in all aspects of power project licensing, permitting, financing, construction and operations for regulated and unregulated energy-related entities.
Calfee provides a broad range of legal services to the Energy Industry that include regulatory, government relations, construction, transactional, environmental, intellectual property, real estate finance and litigation counseling and representation.
Calfee represents utilities and other interested parties in regulatory proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Ohio Power Siting Board and the Mine Safety and Health Administration and in administrative proceedings before city councils and planning agencies. We have counseled companies in merger approval, industry restructuring and alternative regulation proceedings, rule making and complaint proceedings, and facility siting and municipal right-of-way reviews.
Calfee’s Business Transactions Department has a broad spectrum of transactional experience with energy companies, including electric power, oil and gas producers (learn more about our Energy and Natural Gas, Oil, Gas & Shale team), coal companies (both surface mining and deep hole), and ash reclamation. Members of the group have been the lead in engagements where energy industry clients have: bought and sold power companies; financed and developed synthetic fuel plants; borrowed money on a secured and unsecured basis; engaged in transactions involving derivatives and SWAPS; issued bonds and other public debt and notes; negotiated with railroads for the use of rail cars and rail availability; leased sidings; negotiated leases with port authorities; dealt with trucking issues involving independent contractors; negotiated oil and gas, mineral and coal sales contracts and leases; and developed plants which produce enhanced and clean coal. We have also served as lead counsel for lenders and contracting parties for engagements involving stressed and bankrupt energy companies. Calfee attorneys are involved in the formative stages of development, staffing, and financing for alternate energy projects in the wind turbine and gasification industries.
Calfee’s Government Relations practice group provides a unique perspective into the highly regulated energy arena. Whether our clients require legislative lobbying, regulatory and technical expertise or execution of administrative matters, our depth of experienced professionals offer years of expertise and knowledge based relationships in the energy industry with years of legal and lobbying on energy issues. Calfee clients capitalize on our strengths when analyzing governmental issues, developing and executing successful strategies, and adding unique insight ranging from the General Assembly to the PUCO. We work together to resolve our clients’ issues involving the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as commissions, authorities and other special purpose entities.
Calfee has experience with all aspects of the environmental compliance requirements associated with the energy industry. From the permitting requirements associated with obtaining the raw materials for energy production, to the compliance requirements associated with distribution, Calfee can provide a full range of environmental compliance counseling for the energy industry.
Calfee has successfully represented energy industry clients in a myriad of litigation matters involving complex contract and commercial disputes, government investigations, employment and labor matters, real estate and environmental disputes, class action litigation and ERISA claims. Calfee also has extensive experience representing energy industry clients in tort, accident and product liability claims including asbestos and toxic tort defense. Calfee works closely with clients to aggressively prevent, resolve and defend litigation matters at all phases of a dispute to reach the best business resolution for our clients.
Calfee takes a multi-disciplinary approach to energy construction projects tailoring its advice to the specific needs of the client. Calfee has been involved with advising and drafting contract documents, assisting in contract administration, and representing clients in contract disputes in all phases of energy related construction. Calfee has provided assistance to its clients with new construction, scheduled outages, transmission issues, alternate energy projects, including wind and gasification, and power generation systems and storage. Calfee attorneys are sensitive to assessing risk in all phases of a project and are additionally sensitive to cost issues. This broad range of experience on varied types of energy project informs our decisions and protects our clients’ interests throughout the life of a project.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will, on petition, accord “special” status to all patent applications for inventions which materially contribute to (A) the discovery or development of energy resources, or (B) the more efficient utilization and conservation of energy resources.
Examples of inventions in category (A) would be developments in fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, and petroleum), hydrogen fuel technologies, nuclear energy, solar energy, etc. Category (B) would include inventions relating to the reduction of energy consumption in combustion systems, industrial equipment, household appliances, etc.
Calfee’s Energy Practice Group is staffed with patent attorneys and scientists that are skilled in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for energy and energy-related inventions. The Group includes patent attorneys with degrees in physics, electrical engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering. In addition to their technical education backgrounds, many of our patent attorneys have spent time actually working in their technical fields as engineers and scientists prior to becoming patent attorneys.