Patrick Gillard > Ballard Spahr LLP > Philadelphia, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
United States

Work Department



Partner, Leader of Energy Group, Co-Leader of Project Finance Group


Patrick R. Gillard leads Ballard Spahr’s Energy Group and co-leads its Project Finance Group. He represents corporate clients, underwriters, and lenders in connection with corporate and project finance, mergers and acquisitions, public utility law, and wholesale energy regulation. Patrick has a sophisticated utility finance practice and experience negotiating public and private debt financings involving both complex capitalization structures and M&A transactions.

Patrick also has extensive experience in transactions involving the development, financing, and acquisition of electric power assets, including solar, wind, and other types of renewable generating facilities. He has provided counsel to a Regional Transmission Organization for many years and has an in-depth understanding of the wholesale energy markets, including derivative products. He regularly advises large industrial and corporate energy retail customers on the negotiation of terms of power purchase agreements, competitive generation supply agreements, and renewable energy credit trading arrangements. In addition, he counsels participants in the energy industry on federal and state energy legislative and regulatory matters, including wholesale energy market regulation, state renewable energy portfolio standards, and public utility financing authorizations.


New Jersey



Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Utility Section

Energy Bar Association


Widener University School of Law (J.D., M.B.A. 2000, magna cum laude)
Staff, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law; Member, Phi Kappa Phi

University of Scranton (B.S. 1995)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

Ballard Spahr LLP has broad capabilities across the full range of renewable energy mandates, assisting lenders and project sponsors with a combination of project finance, development, construction arrangements and transactional matters. The team is also well positioned to act for investors in the acquisition and sale of renewable projects encompassing a wide range of technologies, including solar, offshore and onshore wind, biogas, biodiesel, geothermal electric generation and hydroelectric facilities. The department is jointly led by two practitioners based in Philadelphia: Steve Park and Patrick Gillard, the latter of whom has a sophisticated utility finance practice which also covers complex capitalization structures and M&A transactions. Raymond Faricy in Minneapolis has notable strength in wind and solar power projects, where he advises developers and owners at all stages of project development, land rights, power purchase agreements and financing issues. Based in Las Vegas, Bruce Johnson is recommended for the development and financing of energy generation and transmission facilities.

United States > Finance > Project finance

Advising both sponsors and lenders, Ballard Spahr LLP maintains a multi-faceted project finance practice that is active across all major forms of energy, including solar, hydroelectric, onshore wind, landfill gas and agricultural biomass. Also active in the infrastructure space, the firm provides ‘excellent legal services during all stages of transportation public-private partnerships projects, from the development stage to the operating period.’ Philadelphia-based duo Patrick Gillard and Steve Park lead the department; the former combines his project finance expertise with knowledge of public utility law and wholesale energy regulation to assist with utilities finance issues, while the latter is considered by one client to be ‘the number one contributor to the success of P3 projects‘.