Joe Tirone, a highly-regarded and experienced energy project and infrastructure development attorney, has joined Womble Carlyle’s burgeoning energy practice. Tirone’s focus on transactions in the energy sector will enhance and complement Womble Carlyle’s already strong team that provides comprehensive services on regulatory, environmental, real estate and construction aspects of energy projects.
In early June, Womble Carlyle announced that it would combine with the leading UK law firm Bond Dickinson to create Womble Bond Dickinson. Among its other notable practices, Bond Dickinson has one of the largest dedicated energy teams in the UK doing projects all over the world.
Together with his new Womble and Bond Dickinson colleagues, Tirone will spearhead the combined firm’s efforts to grow a leading global energy practice.
Tirone has more than 25 years in the energy infrastructure and project development sector, including serving a stint as in-house counsel to a large independent power producer. His specific experience includes counseling clients in the coal-fired and natural gas-fired electrical generation, petroleum, hydroelectric, biofuel and renewable energy industries on projects such as:
- Financing and building new facilities in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East;
- Negotiating complex power purchase agreements, EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts, electric and gas interconnection and transportation contracts, major equipment procurement and service agreements, fuel supply arrangements and other mission-critical agreements;
- Selling and acquiring energy industry operations and manufacturing divisions;
- Completing joint ventures on behalf of US energy companies with their international counterparts; and
- Developing, constructing, and operating power generation and cogeneration facilities throughout the US.
Tirone also counsels electricity and natural gas suppliers on regulatory compliance and commercial matters.
“Womble Carlyle and Bond Dickinson are already heavily engaged in the global energy sector. As the two firms combine, adding an attorney with Joe’s deep experience, contacts and leadership abilities will be a significant strategic boost to Womble Bond Dickinson’s capabilities enabling us to participate in the largest and most complex transactions in the sector” said Keith Mendelson, leader of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group.
Baltimore Office Managing Partner David Hamilton said, “International energy transactions already are a growth practice for the firm and the Baltimore office. So the timing of Joe’s hiring couldn’t have been better. Joe has a broad and deep range of experience and industry contacts in the energy sector and will be a great asset for our clients.”
About Womble Carlyle
Womble Carlyle is a 550-attorney law firm that corporate clients rely on to provide core legal services, such as Complex Business Litigation, Mass Torts, Intellectual Property, Corporate & Securities, Finance and Real Estate.
Our focus is the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Silicon Valley markets, and from this footprint, we serve clients in matters across the country and across the world. Clients trust us because we understand their businesses, focus on their successes, demonstrate a commitment to help, and deliver value for their dollars they spend on us.
Womble Carlyle has a transatlantic alliance with leading UK firm Bond Dickinson to provide clients with domestic legal, regulatory and business advice in both the US and UK. Thanks to Womble Carlyle’s partnership with Lex Mundi, the world’s largest association of independent law firms, we also can offer clients access to quality-tested local counsel in more than 120 countries. Lex Mundi provides seamless access to local attorneys and market knowledge throughout the globe.
Womble Carlyle’s offices are located in: Atlanta; Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Silicon Valley, Calif., Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville and Tysons Corner, Va.; Baltimore; and Wilmington, Del.