James O'Brien Esq.

Baker & McKenzie LLP
O'Brien, James P.

James P. O' Brien chairs Baker & McKenzie LLP's Global Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Practice Group. He serves as Counsel in major project and infrastructure transactions such as power generation and waste recycling facilities. Both on behalf of project sponsors and lenders, Mr. O'Brien has led moving complex projects through development, project financing and operation.

He has also been lead counsel on limited recourse project financings, using traditional bank debt, leveraged leases and Rule 144A capital markets issues. And during project development, he has successfully managed complex siting, permitting and transaction issues.

Mr. O'Brien's power project work includes fossil-fuel, renewable and waste-derived fuel projects. Amid a changing U.S. energy market, his work has shifted to include acquisition and divestiture of power project assets for both financial and strategic parties. Mr. O'Brien serves as outside General Counsel to the largest transmission and distribution utility in Texas, with more than 3 million delivery points. Mr. O'Brien lectures widely on energy and environmental law, and is the author of over 25 articles on various financing transaction issues.

Mr. O'Brien received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School.