Quarles & Brady: Launches clean energy, climate change & sustainability industry group

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(April 21, 2009) – The national law firm of Quarles & Brady today announced the launch of its Clean Energy, Climate Change & Sustainability industry group to help clients navigate the increasingly complex intersection of business and legal issues linked to the environment.

This multidisciplinary group includes more than 50 attorneys from the firm’s Environmental, Real Estate, Corporate, Utility, Finance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Tax, and Immigration practices with the technical, financial and regulatory background to manage matters from concept to completion.

“Environmental sustainability has become one of the most influential and defining forces for our clients,” said John Daniels, chairman of Quarles & Brady LLP. “Through close collaboration with our clients, we are now delivering our services through a platform that brings all of our resources together under one industry group and parallels our clients’ needs to align their own environmental and energy efforts.”

Quarles has been counseling clients on a variety of related renewable energy projects, infrastructure projects, sustainability practices, and carbon regulation issues for many years, drawing in part on significant experience gained from its representation of the utility industry since the 1970s. Through these efforts, the firm has handled the development of significant projects ranging from ethanol plants to solar generation facilities to wind turbine farms to carbon management solutions.

“We are taking these projects from start to finish for our clients, handling all legal aspects, including regulatory advice, financing, construction, permitting, patent protection, and labor and employment, among other issues,” added, Ave Bie, co-chair of the firm’s Clean Energy, Climate Change & Sustainability industry group and former chairwoman of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

“Combined with our offices located throughout leading energy markets in the Midwest and Southwest, we are uniquely positioned to handle both discrete and major engagements for clients within this growing sector of the economy.”

Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; Naples, Florida; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. The Firm offers an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small, entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the Firm may be found at http://www.quarles.com.