Bill DuFour

Founding Partner

Bill D. DuFour III is a founding partner at DuFour Conapinski LLP.  His areas of practice cover a range of business and financial matters, including renewable energy, project finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. In particular, Bill has extensive experience in wind and solar project acquisition, development, and finance. 

Prior to founding DuFour Conapinski LLP, Bill was a member of Foley & Lardner’s internationally ranked Energy Industry Team.  Bill previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of General Counsel. His experience also includes serving as a judicial intern in the Supreme Court of Virginia. Before beginning his legal career, he joined Teach For America and taught math and science for three years at Henry Clay Middle School in South Los Angeles. 

 

Recognition 

Bill was recently selected for inclusion in the 2013 and 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers-Rising Stars® lists, an award reserved for the top 2% of attorneys under the age of 40, as voted by their peers. In 2014, The Legal 500 recognized Bill for his work in the area of renewable energy. 

 

Publications and Speaking Engagements 

Bill is a frequent author, speaker and panelist on topics related to renewable energy, as well as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he teaches a class on alternative energy development and finance. His recent publications and speaking engagements include: 

  • “Merchant Power Financing – A Rethinking of Conventional Hedging Strategies,” moderator, 2015 Infocast Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit (March 26, 2015)
  • “Solar Growth in Massachusetts: Understanding the SREC II Program,” Infocast (April 16, 2014)
  • “The Defense Market for Distributed Solar,” panelist, Infocast, Distributed Solar Summit 2013 (November 20, 2013)
  • “Project Development in the Solar Industry,” CRC Press (2012) (co-author) 
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of the Section 1603 Cash Grant Application,” Foley’s Energy Briefing Series (August 29, 2012) 
  • “Focus on RECs Across the West,” Infocast (Conference Workshop) (December 6, 2011) 
  • "Making Your Construction Documents Financeable," Geothermal Resources Council, 35th Annual Meeting (October 24, 2011) 
  • "SREC Roundtable: A Comparison of State Policies and a Look Into the Future of SRECs," Infocast (August 17, 2011) 
  • "Wind Power: From Dirt to Distribution," UCLA (July 23, 2011) 
  • "MA SRECs: The Massachusetts RPS Solar Carve-Out Program Explained," Foley’s Energy Briefing Series (January 27, 2011) 
  • "Acquiring U.S. Companies with Foreign Subsidiaries: Relevant Issues," Deal Lawyers (2011) 
  • "Green Entrepreneur Handbook: The Guide to Building and Growing a Green and Clean Business," CRC Press (2010) (contributor) 

E: bill@dufour-law.com

T: (424) 256-8716

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Education 

George Washington University Law School (J.D., cum laude)

Loyola Marymount University (M.A., summa cum laude)

University of Southern California (B.A., cum laude)


Law Firm EXPERIENCE

Foley & Lardner LLP

In-House Experience

Smart & Final

Public Sector

U.S. Department of Energy

Supreme Court of Virginia

Teach For America