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Bob counsels developers, financiers, buyers and sellers of power plants on energy and environmental law issues.  He has advised clients on the development of solar, geothermal and natural gas-fired power plants in California and waste coal, wind and natural gas-fired plants in Pennsylvania; negotiated agreements to share a natural gas pipeline in California; drafted a power purchase agreement for the sale of geothermal energy to a California utility; analyzed and drafted power purchase agreements for electricity generated by merchant power plants; evaluated the regulatory implications of buying, selling, or foreclosing on electric power plants; and has drafted long-term irrigation rights agreements to offset water use by natural gas-fired plants in California, agreements to buy emission reduction credits, and legal opinions on the sufficiency of state and federal permits needed to construct and operate various energy projects.


  • Boston College Law School, 1986, J.D., Member of Boston College’s National Moot Court team; Executive Editor, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1982, M.A., English Literature
  • Dickinson College, 1980, B.A., English Literature

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit