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  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Bowdoin College, 2002

    Lead Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Memberships & Affiliations

Founder and Co-Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Special Committee on Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Climate Change

Board of Directors, New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Board President, GRID Alternatives Tri-State

Member, Newark Museum Business & Community Counsel

Board of Directors, The Pingry School Alumni Association

President, The Pingry School Second Century Leadership Society

Board of Trustees, Clarence Dillon Public Library of Bedminster and Far Hills

Class Agent, Bowdoin College

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

Energy Bar Association

Marshall B. McLean

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Special Counsel
  • T: 973.849.4073
    F: 973.297.6643
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. McLean is Special Counsel in the Firm’s Environmental & Energy and Corporate groups. He advises clients on matters of general corporate law, environmental law, franchise law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities law and regulatory compliance.

Mr. McLean has a diverse transactional practice, having worked on domestic and international matters in industries such as energy, chemicals, health care, life sciences, hospitality, transportation, private equity, consumer products and banking. His practice has afforded him the opportunity to work internationally for clients in China, Latin America, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Mr. McLean regularly represents clients in the energy space. His energy practice is particularly focused towards project development and finance. His representative energy clients include project developers, major energy and infrastructure funds, public utilities, leading equipment manufacturers, lenders and large independent power producers. Mr. McLean has experience siting renewable power projects on designated brownfields and has written and lectured extensively on renewable energy developments in New Jersey and throughout the Northeast.

Mr. McLean has been named a New Jersey Rising Star Superlawyer every year since 2012. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Environmental Law section and is the founder and current co-chair of the State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Climate Change. 

Mr. McLean serves on the Advisory Counsel of NJPACE, a non-profit focused on bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to New Jersey. He is also the President of the Board of Directors of GRID Alternatives Tri-State, a non-profit organization dedicated to installing solar electric systems for low-income families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

In addition to his energy practice, Mr. McLean advises clients on day-to-day corporate and commercial matters such as financing issues and the negotiation of manufacturing, supply, distribution and service agreements. As outside corporate counsel, he has represented dozens of companies, guiding them through all stages of growth. He has also spent three months embedded in a large life-science company developing a corporate legal form database and corporate policy handbook.

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Mr. McLean is especially proud to represent closely-held middle market companies doing business in the Garden State.

Active in his community, Mr. McLean is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Clarence Dillon Joint Free Public Library of Bedminster and Far Hills; a member of the Newark Museum’s Business Counsel; a member of the Board of Trustees for the Pingry Alumni Association; and is a class representative for Bowdoin College.

As an undergraduate, Mr. McLean was the captain of his varsity men’s lacrosse team.

Mr. McLean lives in Bernardsville, NJ, with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and playing golf, ice hockey and tennis.

Representative Matters

Represented a major US chemical company in connection with its construction of a manufacturing plant in China.
Represented Caithness Energy in the sale of $2B in power plant assets to a global energy private equity fund.
Represented The Jackel Group, a global cosmetic packaging supply company, with the sale of its US, Hong Kong, Chinese and French operations to Li & Fung International.
Advised one of New Jersey’s largest solar developers in connection with multiple aggregated project financings across New Jersey.
Represented an international wind turbine manufacture in connection with numerous turbine supply agreements.


New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting – Atlantic City, NJ
2013 Updates on Renewable Energy in New Jersey
NJSBA 2013 Annual Meeting
December 2012
Understanding Solar in Connecticut
CT Law Tribune CLE Meeting
“Hot Topics in Renewable Energy”
NJSBA 2012 Annual Meeting

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