Alison Torbitt, a partner in NP’s Energy and Environmental practice group, co-leads the Food, Beverage & Agribusiness team and is active in Maritime matters. She focuses on environmental compliance and transactional due diligence, counseling a large range of manufacturers, developers (including a specialty in renewable energy projects), and financing parties to find solutions and mitigate and allocate the risk associated with all aspects of environmental law, including the latest developments from emerging contaminants (PFAS) to controversial subjects like vapor intrusion attenuation factors.
I counsel business and industry clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental and energy laws, as well as defending against regulatory enforcement and third-party disputes. I am also co-leader of the firm’s Legally Green initiative, thinking strategically about sustainability and the risks that our clients face due to climate change, aging infrastructure, and the need for innovation to stay ahead of these challenges.
With a technical background as an aquatic ecotoxicologist, I have first-hand knowledge of the science and business repercussions of environmental laws, including those regarding water, air, vapor intrusion, hazardous materials, and spill response. I counsel dozens of clients with compliance concerns and defend them against enforcement, and have provided guidance to numerous wine, beer, and food production facilities. I provide strategy and advice on how to cost-effectively monitor compliance, communicate with regulators, self-report, and settle. I have successfully brought multiple contaminated sites to closure in an efficient manner. I also assist with California Alcoholic Beverage Control and Contractors State License Board inquiries.
I assist with environmental and energy due diligence for the acquisition, leasing, and financing of real property and with assuring adequate protections are in place for tax credit investors. I am very familiar with evaluating Phase Is and IIs for sufficiency, reviewing permitting and compliance history, and advising on the risk of environmental liability and enforcement. In each, I help to assure that my clients are adequately informed of and protected from the risks associated with the transaction, helping them to look to the future and make decisions now, which will avoid problems then. I have also developed significant experience in renewable energy off-take agreements, including consumer protection requirements for the residential solar sector, helping to negotiate a middle ground that is both financially beneficial and consumer-friendly.
I help clients communicate with the U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center, assisting in complicated flag-in/flag-out processes with compliant and business-friendly results. Additionally, I draft and negotiate and assure approval for the related documentation, including trust agreements, time charters, bareboat charters, ship management agreements, logbook entries, certificates of ownership, and continuous synopsis records.
Despite economic instability, residential and infrastructure development find sustainable solutions. Developers focus on environmentally impacted sites and revitalize communities. Drought, climate change, and aging infrastructure push innovation for water and energy.
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University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S., B.A., with High Honors
University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif (1st in class) , (Editor-in-Chief, Western Environmental Law Update; Associate Editor, Oregon Law Review; Environmental Fellow, Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project; First Place Champion, Oregon Environmental Law Moot Court Competition; Quarterfinalist, National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition)
University of Queensland, Australia, Marine biology research program
This article mentions NP for advising DIF Capital Partners’ infrastructure fund on its agreement to acquire the Kingfisher wind farm in Oklahoma. The deal team includes Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Shariff Barakat, Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green, Buffalo Global Finance partner Martha Anderson, and Rochester Corporate associate Aya Hoffman.
Also contributing to the deal were New York City Corporate partner Rick Cox; Manchester partner Mark Beaudoin and San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group; and Washington, DC partners Elizabeth Whittle and Bob Daileader and counsel Ken Weiner, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.
In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.
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