|Education & Training Level||Advanced, graduate degree required|
|Education & Training Level Description||Formal requirements to become a attorney usually include a 4-year bachelor’s degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination. However, requirements may vary by state.|
|Brief job description||Attorneys advise and represent individuals, businesses, or government agencies on legal issues or disputes. Attorneys work within each sector of the wind industry, leading and supporting contract negotiation and execution, financing and confidentiality agreements, patents and intellectual property filings, mergers and acquisitions and legal compliance. They may also be involved in litigation procedures or work on regulatory and compliance issues.|
|Preferred Level of Education||Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.) in a related area|
|Preferred Level of Experience||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
|Estimated/Expected Salary||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
In general, attorneys typically do the following:
Attorneys will act as both advocates and advisors. As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client. As advisors, attorneys counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face.
In the project development sector of the wind industry, attorneys lead or support negotiations of agreements relating to land, transmission, power purchase agreements, turbine supply and/or permitting. They draft documents to set up new project entities and support project financing and confidentiality agreements. Attorneys review legal and business terms drafted by other counterparties as well as support the drafting or understanding of new regulatory and policy changes at State and Federal levels.
Attorneys counsel clients on financing issues, permitting matters, innovative transactional structures, mergers/acquisitions, public/private partnerships, and the general working of early, mid, and late-stage project development with respect to wind project development. Acceptable experience can include work on projects that have ranged in size from large, utility-scale to small, community wind or distributed generation projects.
In the component manufacturing sector, attorneys lead or assist in the negotiation of contractual Terms and Conditions as they relate to Turbine Supply Agreements, installation, warranty, service agreements, and mergers and acquisitions. They may also file patents; work on intellectual property, confidentiality agreements, and infringement litigation.
Attorneys are responsible for drafting the required legal language around commercial terms and conditions in turbine supply, warranty, installation, and service agreements. They work on mergers and acquisitions and help their company negotiate intellectual property (IP) laws as well as create confidentiality agreements and lead litigation in violation of these agreements.
Attorneys working in the operations and maintenance (O&M) sector develop, revise, and maintain all legal agreements relevant to day to day organizational operations. This could consist of service and operational contracts, including details such as exposure to liquidated damages, components, consumables, and supply contracts. Attorneys are involved in mergers & acquisitions, and legal compliance from an operations and human resources perspective.
In addition, it is important that attorneys be familiar with the following: