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.
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)