C. Baird Brown

Of Counsel Philadelphia
baird.brown dbr.com
Phone: (215) 988-3338 (215) 988-3338


C. Baird Brown works with customers and communities and their technology and finance partners to deploy a new generation of energy and sustainability infrastructure. He has helped develop pooled procurement and financing techniques for building energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy, and has structured public private partnerships for a broad array of infrastructure projects. He helped form and serves as counsel to the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC).

Baird handles mergers and acquisitions of energy and environmental companies, including restructuring and workouts of troubled projects. He counsels clients in connection with taxable and tax-exempt, rated and unrated, and registered and unregistered financings, credit enhancements, and leveraged leases. He also acts as underwriter’s counsel, bond counsel, and borrower’s counsel on complex project financings. He negotiates construction and operating agreements for energy and process facilities and assists with transactions in energy and environmental markets.

Baird served as an ABA Co-chair of a joint effort between the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Environmental Markets Association to develop a model Master Renewable Energy Credit Purchase and Sale Agreement.


Baird represented a regional transmission organization on market design issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and assisted in the establishment of a private energy trading platform. He provides corporate advice to emerging energy technology companies and assists with venture and private equity investments in such companies. He has also worked on Marcellus Shale transactions and a next-generation nuclear power project.
  • JP Morgan Desalination
  • Delaware SEU
  • FREE/PennSEF
  • University of Missouri renewables
  • PAISBOA SolarPrinceton Solar
  • PPL Smart meters
  • Good Energies
  • Tractebel LNG Import Acquisition
  • Ogden Projects/WTE

Baird led the deal team for the Poseidon Resource’s billion-dollar Carlsbad, Calif., desalination project which won Project Finance magazine’s “North American Water Deal of the Year 2012” honors and Bond Buyer’s “Far West Deal of the Year”


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    • Energy and Carbon Trading and Finance Committee (Past Co-Chair)
    • Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources Committee (Past Co-Chair)
  • ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education, Program Committee, Adviser
  • International Bar Association, Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law, Power Law Committee (Past Co-Chair)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association