Climate Change



With a deep passion for sustainability and a Legally Green® mindset, we help our clients navigate the ever-changing regulations and policies, stay ahead of global trends and achieve their goals related to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

Our Approach

Our lives and businesses are inextricably linked to the climate. Climate change is the most challenging energy and environmental issue of our time. It affects real estate, water supplies and quality, agriculture, infrastructure and transportation systems, the natural environment and our health and safety. Small changes in the average temperature of our oceans and atmosphere translate to large and potentially dangerous consequences for the future.

Now more than ever, businesses are required to analyze how climate change will affect their portfolios—from capital expenditures, fluctuating prices for goods and services, to operational risks, marketing and legal obligations.

Thinking creatively, we anticipate and address climate change–related issues that our clients may face in the future, including adaptation, resiliency, sea level rise and water adequacy concerns. We help our clients mitigate risks and overcome obstacles by providing strategic guidance through the complex patchwork of regional, state and local regulation of greenhouse gases.

We take a holistic approach to help our clients with:

  • Carbon management strategies and corporate governance
  • Clean tech
  • Consumer advertising and corporate sustainability reporting
  • Environmental risk identification and allocation
  • Government relations
  • Green building/sustainable development
  • Infrastructure financing
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation
  • Securities regulation and voluntary programs disclosures
  • Tax issues
  • Traditional and renewable energy project development and permitting

At Nixon Peabody, our philosophy and practice go hand in hand. Our Legally Green® firmwide initiative incorporates sustainable and environmentally focused efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. With six LEED-certified offices, including one of the first DC firms to be ranked LEED Platinum, and a 100% offset of emissions through carbon offset purchases, we are recognized as a leader among law firms in corporate sustainability measures.

We embody the attitude required to anticipate climate change issues for your business and the related opportunities to allow your business to thrive in this changing world.

We work with

  • Agriculture
  • Clean tech, innovators and start-ups
  • Consumer advertising and corporate sustainability reporting
  • Developers, including real estate and infrastructure
  • Electric and gas utilities
  • Energy companies, including renewables
  • Financial institutions—lenders and investors
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Insurance companies
  • International trade and transportation
  • Manufacturers, including a specific focus on food and beverage
  • Nonprofits and community foundations
  • Private equity and investment funds
  • Public entities and public-private partnerships
  • Technology companies
  • Universities

SEIA releases new model PPA for C&I sector

Solar Industry Mag | August 31, 2017

Nixon Peabody is mentioned as one of the firms that contributed to the creation of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) newly released model contract to encourage solar power development in the commercial and industrial sectors.

Nixon Peabody brings back the sun in DC

The National Law Journal | August 27, 2017

This article features the Washington, DC office’s solar program and mentions partners Jeff Lesk and Herb Stevens, who manage grants for the firm’s nonprofit New Partners Community Solar Corp.

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