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Samuel Panarella


Department: Blewett School of Law

University System: University of Montana - Missoula


Professional Summary:

Law professor and business executive with significant experience and expertise in law, business, and teaching. Focus of work has been on counseling companies, first for a decade as a partner with Stoel Rives LLP, a major U.S. law firm, then as the executive in charge of the consulting operations at two national companies. Extensive work with public and private Fortune 500 companies throughout North America, Asia, Latin America, and Europe to develop and implement proportionate and actionable solutions to business process, risk management, and legal challenges. Representative clients include Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Yamaha, Bridgestone, and Starbucks.

Significant expertise and practical experience in renewable energy development, including the legal and business aspects of siting, permitting and operating wind and solar energy projects. Author of several papers and articles on wind energy and frequent presenter to both legal and business audiences on renewable energy topics. As a practicing attorney, responsible for overseeing all legal aspects of the development of over 2,000 megawatts of new renewable energy generation across the United States. Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

I focus my research in two distinct areas: (i) renewable energy practice and policy, and (ii) legal business process improvement. My research and scholarship on renewable energy practice and policy are focused on identifying lessons learned from the development of traditional energy sources (e.g., coal and oil) and applying these lessons to the emerging area of renewable energy. Through my scholarship, I hope to educate and influence renewable energy practitioners and policymakers to adopt and utilize successful “traditional” energy policies that have proved to be successful while avoiding those that have stifled innovation and competition.

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