Mike served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Georgia from 1982 to 1985, and operated under appointment as a special assistant attorney general from 1987 to 1991 after joining the private sector in 1985. Mike joined Eversheds Sutherland (US) in 2000, and then moved in-house to Calpine Corporation in 2004, serving as a senior vice president of Calpine Corporation and as president of its subsidiary, NewSouth Energy LLC. In the latter role, Mike oversaw the political, regulatory and commercial interests of Calpine’s southeastern fleet of 7,000 MWs of generating facilities. Regulatory and commercial efforts included responding to numerous RFPs for power supply, and crafting other commercial proposals to optimize the financial performance of Calpine’s facilities across nine Southeastern states. He rejoined Eversheds Sutherland (US) in 2006.
Awards and Rankings
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of public utility law (1992-2004) and energy regulatory law (2013-2017)
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of energy and natural resources (2003-2004)
Named to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (2012)
“The challenge of developing attractive energy generation infrastructure is particularly intriguing due to the need to balance the demand for reliable, cost-efficient projects and the demand for environmental responsibility.”
Advised independent power producers on more than 20 large-scale power project development initiatives across the U.S.
Advised on combined heat and power projects for industrial clients and independent power project developers serving industrial clients.
Provided counsel to natural gas-fired generating projects in more than 10 different states, Trinidad and Tobago.
Served as counsel for a variety of combined heat and power projects and a district heating and cooling project serving a major northeastern city commercial sector.
Developed a competitive solicitation process for the siting and construction of a combined heat and power cogeneration facility.
Served as lead counsel for a regulatory body in major gas and electric rate case proceedings.
Represented an energy client in the development of a biomass facility in North Carolina.
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