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Womble Carlyle’s Sustainable Practices attorneys focus on several key industry segments: 1) green construction/leasing and sustainable development, as well as green advertising and marketing claims; 2) IP—clean, sustainable and renewable technology; 3) environmental regulation; 4) renewable and alternative energy providers, and energy consumers and 5) green commerce, including waste management. Our clients range from entrepreneurial start ups and joint ventures to established middle market companies and world wide energy giants.
Team members have direct experience working in the pharmaceutical, chemical, petroleum, real estate, construction, environmental and energy industries, so they understand the real-world energy concerns facing these companies. Thus, we can offer practical and innovative solutions, which assist our clients along a path of steady growth and success.
Team members regularly assist clients with a full range of legal issues, including:
Green Construction/Leasing and Sustainable Development
Green is mainstream. Business leaders know it—and we know it, too.
Environmentally friendly practices are more than just an exercise in civic responsibility; they now make good business sense. Consumers increasingly are seeking out green options when they shop. Companies that use green practices may be eligible for a growing range of local, state and federal incentives. Special financing options now exist for green businesses and green development. While “going green” once was an area reserved for niche companies and start-ups, now companies of all sizes have entered this arena.
Womble Carlyle provides related legal guidance in the following areas:
Contact: Nellie Shipley
IP & Technology Innovation
Companies invest billions of dollars annual in technology-based approaches to improving performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness while reducing energy consumption and waste. Womble Carlyle can help clean technology or "Greentech" providers with:
Womble Carlyle's Sustainable Practices Team includes attorneys with decades of experience in all stages of patent development and prosecution. Our experience includes assisting clients in such patent-related fields as:
We also can aggressively defend a client's intellectual property rights in court. In the United States, we have represented clients in disputes before the U.S. International Trade Commission, various U.S. district courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. We also represent companies in international patent litigation.
Finally, we assist energy companies with the transfer of technology assets in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
Carbon Credit Markets and Emissions Risk Management
Womble Carlyle Sustainable Practices attorneys assist companies in complying with emissions regulations and avoiding potential fines, penalties and negative publicity. Clients rely on us for advice regarding business strategies for achieving reduction targets, emissions credit trading schemes and associated investment opportunities, including renewable energy credits. We also help clients leverage the benefits of successful regulatory compliance, such as potential tax breaks, and use their compliant status as a strategic competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Our attorneys regularly represent clients before the EPA and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as state energy regulatory bodies and environmental agencies, related to issues involving air emissions, discharges to water, groundwater quality, greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane), water use, hazardous waste, solid waste and product pipelines. We also assist clients with carbon risk reporting requirements in SEC disclosures.
We also have experience with the purchase and sale of carbon credits, both via bilateral transactions and via brokers, marketers or exchanges. We can also advise on the best avenues for maximizing returns from carbon sales now and as the federal rules evolve.
Renewable Energy Providers & Energy Consumers
Womble Carlyle helps alternative and renewable energy companies at all stages of development:
Our renewable energy clients include companies in the biofuels, fuel cells, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, methane/biomass conversion, hydrogen and ethanol industries.
In addition to counseling energy companies, we also guide businesses who purchase energy.
Large companies, particularly those in the manufacturing sector, must meet federal and state energy and environmental regulations concerning their energy consumption. We have assisted large commercial and industrial end users with energy sourcing and procurement, and have assisted with green building qualification through the US Green Building Council's LEED programs.
Commercial property owners and managers turn to Womble Carlyle for legal counsel involving energy consumption issues. We counsel property owners in contracting with energy services companies to install energy efficiency measures. We also represent energy service companies energy services companies in contracting with host facilities. Projects have ranged from lighting retrofits to installing advanced interval meters to benefits from aggregation of load and/or time-of-use pricing to on-site generation or co-generation to full energy system retrofits with energy management plans.
In conjunction with Womble Carlyle's Federal and State Government Affairs Team, we represent energy clients before lawmakers and regulatory bodies, to ensure that those clients' needs and concerns are addressed.
Team members also have helped companies negotiate, manage and comply with energy performance contracts.
Womble Carlyle attorneys counsel clients in a wide range of sustainable practices and environmental law issues, including:
Contact: Cris Windham