Jerry Bloom is chair of the firm’s energy, project development, and finance practice group and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Bloom focuses his practice on the development, finance, and operation of domestic and international independent energy projects, electric industry restructuring and privatization, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Bloom assists clients in structuring, financing, and developing energy infrastructure projects, including renewable, combined heat and power, and fossil-fuel generation. He has extensive experience in the negotiation of off-take and power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, fuel supply agreements, syndication, and agency agreements. Mr. Bloom also has extensive experience before various local, state, and federal regulatory bodies that oversee infrastructure projects and has resolved numerous disputes among project participants, including disputes between utilities and their independent power suppliers. He has assisted in the development and operation of energy projects in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines, and China.
Mr. Bloom also has assisted developers, marketers, consumers, and foreign governments in promoting and structuring the privatization and development of an independent electric power sector. Mr. Bloom founded and is counsel to the California Cogeneration Council, an ad-hoc body of companies that own and operate approximately 1,200 MW of cogeneration capacity in California. He was actively involved in the restructuring of California’s energy market and in addressing the California energy crisis, where he was not only called upon by federal and state officials to assist in addressing the myriad of issues impacting his clients, but also was counsel to the co-chair of the official creditor’s committee in Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Mr. Bloom is continually involved in numerous transactions in the energy sector, including structuring agreements among power generators, wholesalers, and end users, as well as restructuring existing relationships between producers and market participants to allow clients to leverage from and adapt existing projects to changing markets. This includes a focus on formation and execution of sustainability strategies in both the public and private sector. He also has provided legal counsel in connection with the sale and purchase of generation facilities by independent power producers and investor-owned utilities. His representations in this area include AES Pacific, Inc. in its acquisition of power plants totaling more than 4,000 MW from the Southern California Edison Co.; JP Morgan, which acted as agent for the sale of the Northeast Utilities Millstone Nuclear Units; and Mirant Corp. in its transfer of Contra Costa 8 to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Mr. Bloom has also been counsel to Areva in its sale of solar projects and the purchase of solar projects and companies by NRG Energy, Inc. and Banco Santander.
In addition, Mr. Bloom is active in the development of repowered and new fossil-fuel fired generation, including combined heat and power projects used in meeting industrial and manufacturing energy requirements. Mr. Bloom is also active in the development of wind and small- and utility-scale photovoltaic and thermal solar facilities, including large solar projects in remote desert locations and rooftop solar.
Mr. Bloom has been consistently awarded a Tier I ranking in Chambers Global and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, since the inception of its U.S. rankings in 2003 and is similarly evaluated in numerous “Who’s Who” and other rankings by other organizations and publications. He has been named to the “Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America” list each year from 2007 through 2011 and has also been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers from 2004-2013. Mr. Bloom was named to the prestigious annual Top 100 List of attorneys in California in the 2008 edition of the Daily Journal. In 2011, the Daily Journal named Mr. Bloom among its first-ever top 25 clean tech lawyers in California. He has been recognized for his work in energy litigation in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Legal 500 and by Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers 2012.
Honors and Awards
Mr. Bloom accompanied California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on his trade mission to China to promote the integration of alternative energy into China’s resource plans for meeting its rapidly expanding demands for energy and serves on the Advisory Board at George Washington University’s Solar Institute. Mr. Bloom is also on the Advisory Board of Planet Forward which uses the unique combination of broad exposure through digital and broadcast platforms to seek out and share innovative solutions to the environmental, energy, and sustainability challenges facing planet earth and its inhabitants.
Mr. Bloom is a member of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Bloom received a B.A. in Psychology in 1974 and an M.A. in Counseling in 1976 from George Washington University. He received a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1980.
Mr. Bloom is a frequent author and invited speaker on issues facing restructured and emerging markets and the independent power industry. He has delivered papers to diverse audiences such as the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, JP Morgan’s Municipal Utilities Conference, Bloomberg Energy Law Seminar, the American Bar Association, the Independent Power Producer’s Association, the American Wind Energy Association, and energy conferences sponsored by organizations such as McGraw Hill, Platt’s, Infocast, and EUCI. In addition, he has published numerous articles, including articles in Public Utilities Fortnightly, Solar Industry Magazine, and the American Bar Association Committee on Energy Regulation Newsletter. He has also been frequently consulted for and quoted in articles from numerous news publications, including The Daily Journal and Wall Street Journal.
Speeches and Publications