Danielle is fantastic both in her legal mind and in her acuity in understanding her counterparty and our goals as an organization.

Chambers USA, 2024

Danielle Varnell, co-chair of the firm’s power practice, has extensive experience in energy M&A including with respect to both development stage and operating projects, portfolio acquisitions and divestures, and complex multi-party joint ventures. In addition to her experience with fossil generation assets and onshore wind and solar assets, Danielle has significant experience in carbon capture and sequestration, battery storage and offshore wind.

Danielle also has extensive experience on all aspect of energy and infrastructure project development, including the negotiation and drafting of build transfer agreements, EPC contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, construction management agreements, asset management agreements, shared facilities agreements, build out agreements and equipment procurement and supply agreements (including gas and wind turbines, modules and transformers), as well as numerous other project development agreements.

She speaks and writes extensively on issues of import in the energy sector, including both onshore and offshore wind, financing solutions for renewable energy projects and solar and storage development.

Ms. Varnell is currently recommended by Chambers USA in Projects: Power & Renewables – Transactional (2021-2024) and Offshore Energy (2023-2024), The Legal 500 United States in Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power (2017-2018, 2022-2024; Leading Lawyer, 2024), Energy Transactions: Electric Power (2017-2019, 2021, 2023-2024; Leading Lawyer, 2023-2024) and Project Finance (2021). In addition, she was named “Energy, Natural Resources & Mining Lawyer of the Year” at the 2021 Women in Business Law America Awards and a “South Trailblazer” for 2022 by The American Lawyer.