Don McCauley, Of Counsel
Don McCauley has a wide range of experience in commercial, regulatory, securities, finance, bankruptcy, environmental, and real estate matters. His practice focuses on commercial law and energy law matters, including:
- partnership, limited liability company, corporate and joint venture formation and governance
- energy project development and financing
- sales and acquisitions of both asset and equity interests
- project due diligence
- power contract negotiation and restructuring
- bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations
- FERC regulatory initiatives
- renewable energy attribute trading
Don has also been an arbitrator and an expert witness in disputes relating to energy matters. Don seeks to focus on the essentials, emphasizes the practical, and is creative in exploring new approaches and resolving issues. He values highly his reputation for integrity and fairness. He occasionally displays a sense of humor.
Don began practicing law in 1982 with the Minnesota law firm of Doherty Rumble & Butler, developing a broad commercial law experience. In 1986, he began to focus on the energy field, first with the firm of Nixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle and then with McDermott Will & Emery, becoming a partner at McDermott in 1991. In 1995, Don joined Citizens Power as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and helped Citizens develop into one of the leading companies in the independent energy business. In the fall of 2001, following the acquisition of Citizens by Edison Mission Energy, Don left to resume the private practice of law. Don is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School.
Don is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Minnesota. He is a member of several bar associations, including the American Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Minnesota Bar Association.
Following are some of Don's activities in the energy area:
- He has been involved in many power contract restructurings and related project financings which replaced power, fuel and financing arrangements for qualifying cogeneration and small power production facilities with new market based power supply arrangements.
- He was lead counsel for the Fauji Kabirwala power project in Pakistan.
- He participated in the working groups that created FERC's standard interconnection policies.
- At Citizens, he oversaw the creation of a national network of trading contracts in the US.
- At Edison, he assisted in implementing the New Electricity Trading Arrangements in the UK.
- He has dealt with significant brownfields issues in project development.
- He has represented both buyers and sellers in transfers of asset portfolios.
- He has served on creditors committee in the bankruptcy of a major energy trading company.