Michael Reed

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Michael Reed is an associate in the Firm's Banking, Finance and Major Projects practice in the Chicago office. He has considerable project-based transactional experience, with a focus on gas and electric utility companies and other stakeholders in the energy industry. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Reed was in-house counsel to a Fortune 500 energy and utility company. Mr. Reed is a member and previous chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Telecommunications, Water and Utilities Committee.

Practice Focus

Mr. Reed has significant experience advising clients on acquisition and disposition of generation and distribution assets, including hydroelectric generation facilities, gas-fired peaking plants and communication towers. He has advised power generation owners on a variety of operational matters, including fuel acquisition and transportation; power purchase agreements; and steam-turbine, coal pulverizer and cooling tower replacement construction projects. In addition to his experience with traditional generation projects, Mr. Reed also has extensive experience with renewable energy matters, including solar and wind projects. Outside of the energy arena, Mr. Reed has handled a variety of real estate, construction, financing and other transactional matters for clients in the manufacturing and technology sectors and the transportation industry.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented the owner of a FERC-regulated hydroelectric generation project in an asset sale to an independent power producer and the accompanying PPA for the utility seller to purchase the facility's output and environmental credits.
  • Represented a utility purchaser in the purchase of an environmentally contaminated 17-acre former manufactured gas plant site in Chicago.
  • Advised a coal-fired generation plant owner on agreements governing production of "refined coal" for purposes of Section 45 tax credit qualification.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of an office building and adjacent property, including negotiation of a rooftop easement for post-closing maintenance of the seller's communication equipment.
  • Negotiated a furnish and erect agreement with an OEM for two 300 MW steam turbine retrofit projects.
  • Advised a utility client on a landfill closure and subsequent development of the landfill site for a solar generation project, including development of an EPC agreement and PPA.
  • Advised a rail transportation client on multiple real estate acquisition projects related to right-of-way expansion for high speed rail.
  • Advised a compressed natural gas fuels client on RFP responses for the development, construction and operation of compressed natural gas fueling stations for municipal fleets.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association - Past Chair, Telecommunications, Water and Utilities Committee
  • Illinois Bar Association


  • Wisconsin~United States (2014)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States (2009)
  • Illinois~United States (2008)


  • DePaul University College of Law (2008)
  • University of Michigan (2002)


  • English