Katie Leesman counsels clients on complex business transactions, with an emphasis on energy project finance, public-private partnership (P3) projects, project development and acquisition, related financings, and associated federal and state energy regulatory matters. Katie is experienced with numerous project technologies, including commercial, utility-scale, residential-scale photovoltaic systems, and community solar projects.
Before entering law school, Katie worked as a legal policy analyst for Dell Inc.'s government affairs group. She served internships with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Administrative Litigation in the summers of 2009 and 2010. In spring 2010, she was a law clerk to the Office of Enforcement and Compliance, National Planning, Measures, and Analysis of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Project Finance Experience
- Representation of developers, investors, and lenders in the financing and development of solar projects located throughout the United States, including utility scale, distributed generation, and community solar portfolios.
- Representation of an independent investment manager in its acquisition of distributed solar photovoltaic portfolio with a nameplate capacity of 115 MWAC, comprising 136 projects across 12 states, including California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
- Counsel to the developer of a landfill renewable gas facility in Pennsylvania.
Former President and Vice President, Women's Energy Network
American Bar Association
Energy Bar Association
Recognition & Accomplishments
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia named Katie to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2014, for providing 100 hours of pro bono service in the prior calendar year.
The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Project Finance Law (Washington, D.C.), 2021, 2022
The Legal 500, Energy: renewable/alternative, 2020, 2021; Finance: project finance, 2021
Speaker, "Community Solar Update – State-Specific Programs and Implementation," Ballard Spahr webinar, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2017
Speaker, "Community Solar Update – State- Specific Legislations and Regulations," Ballard Spahr webinar, Washington, D.C., February 23, 2016
Board Memberships & Community Service
Women's Energy Network, 2012-present
Co-author, "Threading the Needle on Gas/Electric Coordination: Who Has To Change and Who Has To Pay?" American Bar Association's Trends, Vol. 45 No. 5, May/June 2014
Co-author, "The Potential Impact of New Pipeline Safety Legislation on PHMSA's Regulatory Initiatives," Pipeline & Gas Journal, April 2012
Co-author, "The National Transportation Safety Board's Report on San Bruno: Implications for Pipeline Safety," Pipeline & Gas Journal, November 2011
American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 2011, cum laude)
Member, American University International Law Review; Member, Moot Court Honor Society
Mary Washington College (B.A. 2004, cum laude)
Member, Pi Sigma Alpha; Member, Phi Alpha Theta
District of Columbia