Sheppard Mullin Continues Energy Team Expansion with Four-Partner Team in California

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that Joseph M. Karp, Lisa A. Cottle, Thomas W. Solomon and Christine A. Kolosov have joined the firm as partners in the energy, infrastructure and project finance team. Karp, Cottle and Solomon will be based in the company’s San Francisco office and Kolosov will be based in the Los Angeles office. The group joins from Winston & Strawn LLP.

“We continue to see growing demand from clients who need help with renewable energy project agreements and regulatory advice, and Joe, Lisa, Tom and Christine bring a wealth of experience in these areas,” said Sheppard Mullin Chairman Luca Salvi. “We are committed to significantly growing our already nationally recognized energy team and, with the addition of this new group, we now have the best renewable energy practice in the country.”

Katherine Gillespie, co-head of the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance team, added: “I am delighted to be practicing alongside Joe, Lisa, Tom and Christine again. Their reputation and track record for guiding clients through complex renewable energy agreements and regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission augments our existing industry-leading capabilities and adds even more depth to our presence in California.

Sheppard Mullin’s energy, infrastructure and project finance team, which includes more than 80 lawyers nationwide, is frequently ranked as one of the leading practices in renewable energy and regulations in the United States by Chambers United States, Legal 500 and among the best law firms in energy law by US News and World Report and Best Lawyers. In 2021, the team represented Brookfield in the financing of the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Complex, a transaction named by Near as 2021 Deal of the Year – North America Onshore Wind.

About new partners

Karp, who served as co-chair of Winston & Strawn’s energy practice, focuses his practice on regulatory, transactional and project development matters, primarily in the energy sector. He handles natural gas and electricity matters in the United States, represents municipal entities in bulk power purchase transactions, and represents power producers in connection with electricity sales, fuel supply, interconnection, transmission and other fields. Karp represents developers and purchasers of electricity in matters involving wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, geothermal and other technologies. He regularly represents the California Wind Energy Association, natural gas-fired generators and investor-owned water utilities in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). He is widely recognized for his work in the energy sector by Chambers USA, Lawdragon, Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America. He earned his BA from Binghamton University and his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Cottle has extensive experience in power generation, storage and transmission projects, including negotiating power purchase agreements (PPAs) and the full range of project contracts, obtaining permits and key regulatory approvals and support for project finance transactions. His PPA experience includes energy sales, resource capacity and adequacy agreements, tolling agreements and energy storage agreements, and covers a wide range of technologies including solar, battery energy storage, geothermal, wind and natural gas. She handles wholesale and retail transactions and has represented sellers and buyers. On the regulatory front, she represents energy companies and project developers in regulatory proceedings before administrative agencies, including the CPUC and the California Energy Commission (CEC). She represents proponents of transportation projects in obtaining certificates of public utility and building permits from the CPUC and in matters of compliance. It has also obtained CEC certification for large thermal projects in California. His permitting experience includes review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Cottle is consistently recognized as a leading energy lawyer by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, Lawdragon and Best Lawyers in America. She got her BA, cum laude, from Colgate University and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Solomon advises developers and owners of natural gas, wind, solar, biomass and geothermal power generation facilities in the negotiation of PPAs, Master Negotiating Agreements, Power Purchase and Sale Agreements. renewable energy credits, interconnection agreements, transmission service agreements and planning coordination services agreements. In addition, Solomon represents developers and industry associations in regulatory proceedings before the CPUC regarding power industry restructuring, transmission development, energy and capacity supply, and portfolio standards issues. renewable energies. Prior to attending law school, Solomon worked for an electric utility, which gives him a unique perspective of the energy industry that he applies to his representations as developers, generator owners and electricity and industry associations on energy transactions and regulation. He got his BS, with distinction, from the University of California, San Diego and his JD from Georgetown University.

Kolosov, who served as co-chair of Winston & Strawn’s energy practice alongside Karp, focuses her practice on the development, financing, sales and acquisitions of energy projects and regulatory matters before the CPUC. She represents developers and owners in the negotiation of PPAs, agreements for the purchase and sale of renewable energy credits, engineering, procurement and construction agreements, energy supply agreements equipment, operations and maintenance agreements, shared facilities and development services agreements, construction management and asset management agreements, and she oversees the due diligence of project documents for the donor account. Kolosov represents clients in the acquisition and disposal of projects in the development and operating phase of energy production and storage projects. She also regularly represents investor-owned water utilities in regulatory proceedings before the CPUC. She got her BS, cum laude, from Northwestern University and his JD, Order of the Headdress, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

About Sheppard Mullin’s Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance Sector Team

Sheppard Mullin’s Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance team includes more than 80 lawyers, each highly skilled in a particular legal discipline and with relevant experience in power, oil and natural gas, renewable energy and biofuels to understand our customers’ objectives. Our highly collaborative and client-focused approach sets us apart from other law firms and is why some of the largest and most innovative players in the energy industry – including major utilities, operators of pipelines, municipalities, independent power producers, commercial banks, equity and tax investors, EPC contractors and energy technology companies – contact us for help with their most important legal issues related to energy.

About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard Mullin is a full-service AmLaw 50 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 15 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since 1927, industry-leading companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high-stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. In the United States, the company’s customers include nearly half of the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit

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