Zoli Joins Wilson Sonsini as Partner as Company Expands Focus on Energy and Climate Solutions; She previously led the Energy, Renewables and Sustainability group of another global law firm
PALO ALTO, Calif. (June 7, 2022) – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the world’s leading provider of legal services to technology, life sciences and growth companies, today announced that Elise Zoli has joined the Energy and Climate Solutions (ECS) practice ) of the firm as a partner in the Boston office, where she will focus her practice on global strategic alliances and market-opening transactions in the clean energy, water, agriculture and of decarbonization.
Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini, Zoli was a partner at Jones Day, where she was global head of the Energy Futures, Renewables+ and Sustainability Task Force. Zoli’s clients included mature private and public companies focused on the energy transition and those seizing opportunities driven by the strengths of their patent portfolios, available investment capital and commitments to meet consumer momentum, investors and governments around sustainability and climate. change.
Residing in Boston and recognized in the United States and Europe for her energy and climate-focused practice, Zoli has considerable experience representing clients engaged in advanced clean energy technologies, including renewable energy, hydrogen and alternative fuels, energy storage, electric vehicles, micro-and smart grid, water and regenerative agriculture. Additionally, his practice involves inbound joint venture/investment structures promoted by strategic European companies focused on climate and energy related patent portfolios and generating assets in the United States. Zoli has also advised clients on assets, attributes, and markets.
“The addition of Elise and our company’s focus on energy and climate solutions aligns with the business opportunities that many of our forward-looking public and private enterprise customers are looking to for leadership.” and revenue generation in clean energy,” said Doug Clark, managing partner of Wilson Sonsini. “Elise’s accomplishments as a negotiator and her track record of working with innovative companies, investors and others making game-changing transactions in the new energy economy are critical for clients navigating the energy transition. world and are perfectly aligned with Wilson Sonsini’s entrepreneurial approach. We are happy to welcome him to the firm.
In recent years, Zoli has been recognized as a pioneer in clean energy (The National Law Review2021), a global sustainable infrastructure broker (finance in the world2021), among the 100 world leaders in wind power (Word on the list of legal wind powers2020), and one of the 10 most influential women in American energy law (Law360, 2018, as part of the publication’s inaugural selection focused on clean energy and sustainability). She has long been ranked among the leading experts in energy and the environment by United States Rooms.
“I am delighted to join Wilson Sonsini, with his longstanding leadership in the new economy, his prominent position as a driver of innovation and his pioneering work on behalf of founders, investors and global companies. that aim to deliver a sustainable future rooted in global prosperity. “, said Zoli. “I jumped at the chance to be part of the company’s impressive energy and climate solutions practice. For me, what drove the timing and rationale was that Now is the time to create a transformative and sustainable global economy.We lawyers must do everything in our power to help our clients develop sustainable technologies and projects.
Zoli added: “I am thrilled to join a group that, like me, has dedicated its career to supporting innovators, disruptors and other changemakers focused on climate and sustainable solutions – and one of the only companies to have obtained an ‘A’ grade in the last 2021 Law Firm Climate Change Dashboardbecause they work with climate-conscious customers.
“We are very proud to be the law firm of choice for forward-looking corporations, investors and lenders undertaking ground-breaking transactions in the energy and climate verticals,” said Peter. Mostow, partner and head of the energy department of Wilson Sonsini. and the practice of climate solutions. “The addition of Elise to our ECS team and the company’s broader practice in global innovation markets, including Boston, represents an extraordinary enhancement to the work we do for visionary clients – those who engage with climate change and resource scarcity as opportunities for creativity, invention, and growth.
Zoli serves on the board of the Stimson Center, a leading nonpartisan global think tank that seeks to advance global peace and prosperity, including through climate resilience, where she co-founded and serves on the board of directors. Alliance advisors affiliated with Stimson. for a Climate Resilient Earth (ACRE). She is co-founder of the World Elephant Sanctuary, among other global sanctuaries. She is also a strategic advisor to the Bhutan Foundation (where she advanced the world’s second SuperFabLab), the Guestbook Project, H2oVortex, and the Regenerative Food Network, among others.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, Zoli practiced law at Goodwin Procter in its Boston office, having joined that firm in 1998.
Zoli received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1990 and earned a BA, magna cum laudefrom Duke University in 1987. She completed her Global MBA at Tufts’ Fletcher School.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
For more than 60 years, Wilson Sonsini’s legal services and disciplines have focused on the key challenges facing business leaders and boards of directors. The firm is nationally recognized as a leading provider of established and growing clients seeking legal advice to complete sophisticated corporate and technology transactions; manage governance and enterprise-wide issues; assist in intellectual property development, protection, and intellectual property transactions; represent them in contested disputes; and/or advise them on antitrust or other regulatory matters. Deeply rooted in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini has offices in 18 technology and business hubs around the world. For more information, visit www.wsgr.com.