Roger D. Feldman - Andrews Kurth LLP

Roger D. Feldman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 202-662-3048

Roger Feldman's practice focuses on the project finance of all types of energy and related infrastructure projects. He has previously chaired the project finance groups of three major international law firms. His particular current emphasis is on structuring and financing all types of renewables and clean energy and environmental applications, contributing to sustainability. In that regard, he also advises on the impact of regulatory matters; the formation of public-private partnerships; and the formation of non-profits in the sustainable energy field. Clients include project developers, financial institutions, purchasers and sellers of corporate assets, clean energy companies and parties dealing with the Defense Department and other Federal agencies. He represents energy, environmental and energy efficiency companies in obtaining and contracting for federal financing assistance, purchase agreements and guarantees.

Roger has senior responsibility with respect to many of the firm's clean and renewable energy activities and projects. These have included development of renewable resources (notably biofuels, biomass, wind, solar and waste conversion), alternative energy sources (coal gasification, plasma applications; advanced alcohol fuels), climate change finance (carbon credit origination, aggregation and trading), energy storage transmission reliability enhancement and sustainability securitization finance.

His work includes preparation or analysis of construction energy sales and financing documentation. Roger has worked on projects for the integration of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in China and other international settings.

Roger's public service includes prior government positions, including Deputy Administrator for Finance and Environment, U.S. Federal Energy Administration, White House Staff, U.S. Dept. of Defense (Systems Analyst), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Financial Advisory Board); and ongoing professional activities (including Chair of several American Bar Association Committees in energy, environment, finance and innovations for public-private partnerships), a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy, and as Chairman Emeritus of the National Council on Public-Private Partnerships.

He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law since 1990, Who’s Who in America since 1992, and in Best Lawyers in America since 2004 and by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent Lawyers.

Additional Information

Representative Experience
  • Recent projects include: project finance of a biomass-to-power production facilities, waste and materials conversion projects, financing carbon credit acquisition; development of fund for innovative clean tech projects; Federal assistance to smart grid financing project, project financing of biofuels and municipal and special wastes, waste-to-energy plants, lease/financing of transmission enhancement/storage equipment, early stage financing for alternative fuels companies, district heating and cooling systems and regulatory advice to Department of Defense projects.
  • Other examples of prior deal experience include representation of: unregulated utility subsidiary in project financing of a combined cycle power plant, U.S. Department of Energy in the project financing of a nuclear waste disposal facility, corporate developers of environmental service (and waste destination) facilities, fund acquisition of a portfolio of cogeneration plants; developers of multiple independent and small power production facilities, in the U.S. and in several overseas locations.
Brown UniversityAB 1962Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1965Harvard UniversityMBA 1967
National Council on Public-Private PartnershipsABA Carbon Trading and Energy Finance CommitteeAmerican Council on Renewable Energy

Client Comments

"Roger Feldman is certainly one of the greatest energy attorneys in the United States. We challenged Roger with negotiating multiple renewable energy-related agreements - and we found that Roger has outstanding knowledge and skill sets in the area. Equally appreciated was Roger's ability to immediately gain respect from the other party. However, this was not achieved by being intimidating - in fact, Roger is relatively humble. Roger gained respect from the other party by clearly and succinctly moving the other party to understand the "why" behind our position, and anchoring it with multiple benchmark examples within the industry. Perhaps one of the most unique experiences we have had with Roger was in the midst of our intense Power Purchase Agreement negotiations. Roger was off giving a speech in another state and traveled extensively during those days. Many of our conference calls were from his cell phone while he was traveling. In fact, the most memorable negotiation moments came at midnight in Roger's time zone, just hours after his arrival home from the airport. Roger exuberantly took the conference call, and had an enormous amount of energy to address a list of tough issues. How many attorneys out there would have even taken the call at midnight - or had the ambition to energetically address outstanding agreement issues with such a passion? "

"Roger has helped me on different matters relating to the termination of a business partnership and reorganizing the company as, essentially, a sole proprietorship. Roger is smart, direct, and accessible; he provides work product when promised and gives very sound business advice. He explained things I did not understand and was receptive to my many questions. Having Roger as my legal advisor increased my confidence about taking over the business I am a lawyer and have been a consultant for almost 30 years, so I know good service and good advice when I get it. Roger is a tremendous lawyer. He belongs on the honor roll of The Best Lawyers in America. "

-Deborah Sliz
President and CEO
Morgan Meguirec LLC

"I have come to know Roger Feldman professionally and on a personal level. I enjoy Roger Feldman as a caring, conscientious, professional attorney who practices by the code of under promising and over delivering. His purity of heart and his deeply caring manners and actions for his clients have assured me that Roger is the best person to work with and to obtain for any company that I am involved with (I have been doing start-ups for 35 years). He is also the best person to have as my personal adviser and my legal representation going forward in business and life."

-Steven Garrett
Phoenix Genesis Corp. (PGC)

"Roger Feldman is a unique and outstanding lawyer. He has been able to combine his legal knowledge with both business skills and imagination, all to the benefit of his clients. I have worked in collaboration with his clients as a financial consultant and can personally attest to the positive results he has obtained for them. Additionally, he has been able to contribute his talent and expertise to emerging renewable energy technologies that would otherwise not have been able to obtain traction under current market conditions. It has been a pleasure to work with him for practical reasons as well. He returns phone calls promptly and expresses himself clearly and succinctly. "

-Robert Zimmer
Unifinancial International, Inc.

"Roger is a 'results-oriented' transaction attorney who can succinctly re-phrase an issue so that both sides can gain a better perspective of the situation. This ability typically leads to deals getting closed. He is a gentleman at all times and a pleasure to work with on project and lease financings, as well as M&A transactions. "

-Brian Morrison
Managing Director
Morrison & Kibbey Ltd.

"I have worked with Roger Feldman on various corporate and financing matters for two decades. He is astute and diligent in assuring quality transactions. He grasps issues quickly and is a skilled negotiator. He is pleasant to work with and seeks viable practical solutions for legal and business problems."

-Eric Mayer
E.M.A.I. Corp.

"Mr. Feldman is one of the most resourceful and business-oriented lawyers in the area of energy and project finance. His astute understanding of the business and his vast network throughout the industry differentiates him from his peer group. He is a tremendous asset to particularly young companies that need both legal guidance and his networking guidance to get connected with appropriate counterparties. Mr. Feldman and his team helped our company launch a very successful private equity investment effort. His genuine concern and insightful suggestions and connections were the keys to getting us launched."

-J. Sood
Managing Partner
Greenwich Energy Investments, LLC

"Roger has been a valuable asset to my company. He has given me more than outstanding and reliable legal advice. He has taught me skills of patience, understanding, and due diligence. Roger goes the extra mile; his demeanor is calm and persuasive, yet he can manage to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck and not even raise his voice. I look forward to each of our conversations and never leave the table without learning something. When you encounter a person such as Roger and see him in action, then you truly know that you are acquainted with one of the "Best Lawyers in America.""

-Diane Williamson
Earth Friendly Fuels LLC

"Roger Feldman is one of the most outstanding individuals I know. He has high integrity and values, and he is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a unique ability to provide extremely strategic insight to many issues - as well as an outstanding legal perspective. He is creative, innovative, and one of the first individuals I call when I need input on a strategic or difficult issue. I am very proud to be a friend and colleague of such an outstanding individual. "

-Gary Miller
Executive Vice President

Office Location

1350 I Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Practice Areas

Project Finance Law (Energy Projects, Project Development)

Other Information

Gender: Male