Blake H. Winburne is based in the Houston office and is global head of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure Group. He is a transactional lawyer focusing
on the downstream and midstream energy sectors.
Blake is recognized both nationally and globally by Chambers (Chambers USA 2008-2016 and Chambers Global 2010-2016), which reports that he is "very strong in the industry and has a really good
client following" and that clients describe him as "very pragmatic with good business judgment and a very
effective negotiating style." Blake has also been named by Euromoney (2009-2016) as one of the “world’s leading
project finance lawyers" and one of the "world’s leading energy and natural
resources lawyers," and has been recognized by Legal Media Group (2013) as being in the top 100
practitioners in the clean tech and renewable energy field.
Blake advises clients on energy sector mergers, acquisitions, dispositions,
and joint ventures, and on the development, structuring, and financing of
large-scale energy projects, both in the United States and internationally. He
regularly represents multinational energy companies, large private equity funds,
project developers and sponsors, borrowers and debt issuers, investment banks,
and other capital providers and investors in the energy industry.
Blake has significant experience in the electric power sector, including
fossil fuel-fired, simple and combined cycle and cogeneration generating
facilities; as well as wind, solar (central station and distributed), landfill
gas, biomass and other renewable energy projects. He also has represented
clients in transactions involving oil, natural-gas and refined-products
pipelines, gathering and processing systems and storage facilities (tank farms
and underground), exploration and production investment platforms and
operations, electric power and natural gas transmission and local distribution
systems, and alternative fuels production and marketing arrangements.