Kristin L. Parker has extensive experience in environmental, health and safety matters. She is well-versed in assessing and negotiating environmental liabilities and represents lenders, bidders, targets and investors with the environmental aspects of a wide variety of transactions, including project finance, real estate development, divestitures, mergers and acquisitions. Kristin also advises public companies on environmental disclosures under U.S. securities laws.
Kristin works with manufacturing, chemical, agricultural, and other industrial and commercial clients in connection with air and water permitting, regulatory and legislative development, climate change issues, environmental audit programs, hazardous waste remediation and insurance matters. She regularly advises clients in connection with environmental compliance issues and represents them in investigations and enforcement proceedings before state and federal agencies. Kristin has recently defended clients against alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Kristin's experience extends to the energy sector where she has worked with clients in the utility, renewable energy, oil and gas exploration and production and oil field services industries. Kristin has represented utility clients in connection with EPA enforcement actions and investigations, primarily under the Clean Air Act. She has also represented clients in transactions involving renewable energy projects where the Endangered Species Act was implicated.
In addition to environmental and energy matters, Kristin represents clients across a variety of sectors in connection with occupational safety and health inspections, employee complaints and citations. Kristin has guided clients through OSHA mediation proceedings and in contested cases before state and federal review boards, including a case where OSHA ultimately revoked its decision to enter the client into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Kristin’s experience includes areas such as lockout/tagout, chemical process safety management, fall hazards, and machine guarding.
Kristin joined Chapman in 2013. Prior to that, Kristin practiced in the Chicago office of Jones Day.
Mike Reed is a partner in Chapman and Cutler’s National Public and Health & Education Finance Department. Mike focuses his practice on projects and project finance transactions, with a focus on infrastructure and renewable energy providers.
Mike’s projects experience includes large-scale generation facility construction and retrofit projects, the purchase and sale of electric generation and gas and electric distribution and transmission assets, and development and financing of solar, wind, and hydroelectric facilities. His work also encompasses a wide range of project development and operational matters including power purchase agreements, fuel purchase and sale agreements, operation and maintenance agreements and a wide variety of construction and development agreements.
Outside of the energy industry, Mike also has experience representing investors, lenders, and sponsors in infrastructure development, commercial real estate, data centers and a variety of other industries and asset classes. He has handled purchase and sale transactions, leasing, and a variety of debt and equity financing structures, as well as operative development and construction agreements and related due diligence evaluation for investors.
Prior to rejoining Chapman in 2018, Mike spent several years practicing in the banking, finance and major projects group of a large global law firm. Before entering private practice, Mike served as in-house counsel at a Fortune 500 Midwest utility holding company, where he focused on corporate transactions, real estate, and general corporate matters.