Lisa Chavarria has been a partner in the firm’s Renewable Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment and Commercial Real Estate practice groups since 2009 and a name partner since 2014. Her practice focuses on the real estate and regulatory aspects of utility scale wind, solar and water transactions. Lisa has worked on renewable energy throughout the United States including California, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. She specializes in assisting clients in all aspects of project development and operation including the drafting and negotiation of leases, the resolution of issues presented by severed estates, navigating regulatory requirements, curing title and survey issues and resolving permitting, siting and other impediments to project development and operation. Her experience includes the representation of wind and energy storage generators in regulatory matters before the Texas Public Utility Commission. Lisa has provided testimony to the Texas Legislature regarding proposed wind energy legislation. Prior to joining Stahl, Davies, Sewell, Chavarria & Friend, LLP, she represented oil and gas producers before the Texas Railroad Commission and in State Court.
In March 2019 Lisa was appointed by Mayor Steve Adler to the Resource Management Commission for the City of Austin. Lisa co-authored the first Texas legal article on the topic of wind power and wind energy leases and has written extensively on related topics including the severance of wind rights. She served as a Chair of The University of Texas School of Law’s Renewable Energy Institute from 2007-2013. From 2007-2010 she was an officer of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and is a founding member of the Austin Texas chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (formerly Women of Wind Energy).
Lisa is licensed to practice law in Texas, Kansas and before the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Lisa received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law where she also studied law at Queen Mary University in London, England and was a member of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law. She earned a degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
- Represented buyer in connection with the acquisition of a 180 MW wind project located in McCulloch County, Texas.
- Represented buyer in connection with the acquisition of a 115 MW (DC) solar project located in Kern County, California.
- Represented lender in financing of a 200 MW (DC) solar project located in Pecos County, Texas.
- Represented tax equity investor in 149 MW wind project located in Val Verde County, Texas.
- Represented seller in connection with sale of 230 MW wind project located in Parmer County, Texas.
- Represented buyer in connection with the acquisition of two solar projects located in Kern County, California.
- Lead real estate counsel representing renewable energy developer in construction loan and/or tax equity closings for:
- 300 MW wind project located in Crockett County, Texas;
- 328 MW (DC) solar project located in Imperial County, California;
- 130 MW (AC) solar project located in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, California;
- 236 MW solar project located in Pecos County, Texas;
- 59 and 47.2 MW solar projects located in Kern County, California;
- 200 MW wind project located in Dewey, Ellis and Woodward Counties, Oklahoma;
- 149.8 MW wind project located in Texas Panhandle;
- 150 MW wind project located in Knox County, Texas;
- 150 MW wind project located in Baylor County, Texas;
- 150 MW wind project located in Iroquois County, Illinois;
- 52.5 MW wind project located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania;
- 150 MW wind project located in Iroquois and Ford Counties, Illinois;
- 169.5 MW wind project located in Nolan County, Texas; and
- 150 MW wind project located in Dickens County, Texas
- Represented water district in the acquisition of additional water supplies.
- Advised client on acquisition of water rights for 330 MW natural gas fueled electric generation plant located in West Texas.
- Representing compressed air energy storage developer in the development of 270 MW project located in Texas Panhandle.
- Successfully represented wind energy developers in the Texas Public Utility Commission’s designation of Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).
The lawyers of Stahl, Davies, Sewell, Chavarria & Friend, LLP, unless otherwise indicated in an individual lawyer’s biography, are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.