Robert McPeak Named to The National Law Journal’s list of Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazers
McDonald Carano proudly announces that Robert McPeak was selected as one of only 25 lawyers from across the country and the only lawyer in Nevada to be included in The National Law Journal’s 2022 list of Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazers – recognizing “professionals who have moved the needle in the legal industry.” As The National Law Journal explained, “We are seeking legal professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy, and technological advancements in their sector. It’s important to understand that we are not simply looking for lawyers who have worked on big deals – we are also looking for agents of change!”
Rob’s selection to the list focused on his experience over the past five years serving as construction and finance counsel for over half of the major renewable energy projects in Nevada. The Trailblazer special report includes a Q&A with Rob about his areas of expertise and McDonald Carano’s multi-disciplinary team serving as lead Nevada counsel on pioneering renewable energy projects throughout the state, combining all the necessary legal components—real estate, construction, land use, zoning, tax, permitting, regulatory and public utility matters, environmental and natural resources, and financing.
Rob’s Trailblazer Q&A is excerpted below.
- What was the genesis of the idea/path that has made you a trailblazer?
I joined McDonald Carano in 2015 with an extensive background in real estate, real estate finance and construction law. I quickly perceived an opportunity to combine my skills with those of the firm’s highly knowledgeable environmental and regulatory attorneys into a multi-disciplinary team to service Nevada’s rapidly expanding renewable energy sector. As such, our team handles legal issues ranging from the mining of rare earth minerals and battery manufacturing to all aspects of solar, geothermal and wind projects across Nevada.
- What sort of change has resulted from the concept?
As a result of our integrated approach, my team serves as lead Nevada counsel on pioneering projects throughout the state, combining all the necessary legal components—real estate, construction, land use, zoning, tax, permitting, regulatory and public utility matters, environmental and natural resources, and financing. In fact, over the past five years, I have served as counsel for over half of the major renewable projects in Nevada—including as developer’s Nevada counsel for the 2022 construction financing of a unified 690 MW solar photovoltaic generating and 380 MW battery energy storage facility, the largest single project of its kind in the U.S. to date. Not only are these projects paving the way for the future of energy, but each is uniquely challenging and professionally fulfilling.
- What bearing will this have on the future?
The future is here—today Nevada is a trailblazer with the highest number (by count), largest (by megawatts), and most varied sources of renewable power. I am proud to lead such a skilled team and to work with such innovative and forward-thinking clients.
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