Becky H. Diffen, an accomplished transactional lawyer with extensive experience in the growing renewable energy sector, has joined McGuireWoods’ corporate practice in the firm’s Austin office.
Diffen, a member of the firm’s energy industry team, represents developers, private equity firms, investment banks, and public and private companies in complex transactions in the renewable energy, energy storage, power generation, and oil and gas industries. Prior to law school, Diffen worked as a development manager for Austin-based Cielo Wind Power, the largest privately held wind power development company in the Southwest. She joins McGuireWoods from Vinson & Elkins.
Diffen co-authored Wind Law, a first-of-its kind treatise published by LexisNexis that covers environmental, siting, and regulatory issues, drafting leases, and federal, state, and local government incentives. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law with honors, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, & Energy Law and now teaches a seminar on electric power law as an adjunct professor. Among her numerous honors, Chambers USA has recognized her as an “associate to watch” each year since 2011.
“Becky brings unique talent representing clients in M&A, project development, project finance and regulatory proceedings,” said Joanne Katsantonis, chair of the firm’s energy industry team. “With nearly 15 years of experience in the power industry, particularly with utility-scale wind projects, she will be a tremendous asset for our clients.”
“Becky is highly respected, particularly across Texas, for her skill in helping clients navigate complicated energy transactions, and for her in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy sector,” said J. Mark Lawless, managing partner of the firm’s Austin office. “She is an important addition for us and we are delighted to welcome her.”
“McGuireWoods has a broad-based energy practice, and I know my clients will benefit from the firm’s strong platform,” Diffen said. “I’m looking forward to working with this outstanding team to build on our capabilities in the renewable energy sector.”
McGuireWoods’ multidisciplinary energy team has more than 100 lawyers working across sectors, from electric, natural gas and renewable fuels, to coal and Marcellus shale, and emerging technologies. The team represents 20 energy companies listed in the Fortune 500 and the projects it has handled represent approximately 30,500 megawatts of electric capacity with a combined value of more than $100 billion. McGuireWoods earned a nationwide ranking for its energy regulatory and litigation work in the prestigious Chambers USA 2016 guide to leading law firms.