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Danielle M. Varnell


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  • University of Wisconsin (J.D. cum laude 1997; Order of the Coif); Ripon College (A.B. in Spanish and English magna cum laude 1993; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Danielle Varnell's practice is concentrated on corporate transactions in the energy industry with a focus on renewable technology and clean energy. She advises U.S. and international clients on M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and energy and infrastructure development projects. Danielle is an editor of Jones Day's The Climate Report.

Danielle works extensively on mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector, particularly in the area of the sale and purchase of renewable, fossil fuel, and nuclear generation assets. During the course of her career, she has advised strategic and financial buyers and sellers on the purchase, sale, or development of more than 8000 MW of wind generation, 6000 MW of solar generation, and 4000 MW of nuclear generation assets having an aggregate value in excess of $40 billion. Notably, she has advised on some of the largest wind and solar transactions in the world.

Danielle has considerable experience in the energy projects and infrastructure area, including in the negotiating and drafting of agreements covering the spectrum of project development in the energy industry including EPC contracts, O&M agreements, construction management agreements, joint venture agreements, project administration agreements, wind turbine supply agreements, REC purchase agreements, and other procurement and development agreements.

Danielle's practice also includes advising clients on significant electric transmission and other energy infrastructure projects. She has been active in structuring, drafting, and negotiating transactions on behalf of both buyers and sellers involving stock and asset sales, investments, joint ventures, development, construction and acquisition financing, and other agreements in the energy industry.

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Legal 500 US (2017) — recommended for Energy: renewable/alternative and Energy transactions: conventional power

    National Law Journal "Trailblazer" (2018)

    Lawdragon Leading 500 Lawyers in America (2018)
Danielle Varnell