Bruce F. Johnson

Partner
Las Vegas

Bruce F. Johnson focuses his practice on real estate and commercial finance and investment transactions, and on the development and financing of energy generation and transmission projects.

Bruce frequently represents developers, investors, and lenders in development, financing and M&A transactions involving energy generation and transmission projects, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and other types of renewable energy facilities. He often employs his real estate experience to advise energy project participants in connection with site control issues, including ground leasing and property acquisition transactions, transmission and access easements, co-tenancy arrangements, title insurance issues and related aspects of site control in financing transactions.

Bruce is fluent in Spanish, which enables him to represent clients in cross-border transactions in Latin America. He counsels clients on project development and private equity investments in several countries, including Mexico, Panama, Argentina, and Colombia.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Served as counsel to the developer of a 104 MW utility scale solar project in Utah in connection with real estate and development matters and with a $157 million project financing and tax equity investment
  • Served as counsel to a Fortune 500 solar developer with respect to state tax law issues in connection with a 6.4 MW commercial rooftop solar project
  • Served as counsel to an energy project developer in connection with its repricing, resizing and modification of a portfolio of project debt secured by solar, wind and natural gas fired energy generation projects, in preparation for contribution of the projects to a publicly traded YieldCo

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Bruce's pro bono work has focused on the representation of various local and national tax-exempt organizations with respect to tax, real estate, and general corporate matters.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Nevada

Clark County Bar Association

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500, Finance - Project Finance, 2020, 2021, Energy: Renewable/Alternative, 2020, 2021

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "High Yield on the West Coast: What's Next?" CRE Finance Council: Commercial Real Estate Finance Summit – West, Santa Monica, CA, May 9, 2018

Panelist, "Drafting Contracts - Managing Your Risks & Exposure," Nevada Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Las Vegas, May 25, 2017 

Moderator, "REO: Successful Strategies to Increase Value," Trigild Lender Conference Spring 2017, Dallas, April 20, 2017

Credentials 

Education

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review, 2006-2007
Semifinalist, First-Year Moot Court Competition

Westminster College (B.S., summa cum laude, 2004)

Languages

Fluent in Spanish

Admissions

Nevada