Debra A. Harrison - McDermott Will & Emery


As a member of the Corporate Department, Debra focuses her practice on renewable energy transactions, general corporate matters, franchising, licensing and distribution matters, as well as other business growth strategies.

Debra’s corporate practice includes counseling clients, both publicly and privately held, on transactions related to capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, brand extension programs, joint ventures and strategic alliances in a variety of industries. She has extensive experience advising clients on renewable energy transactions, including the structuring, development and financing of renewable projects throughout North America and Europe. Debra has served as counsel for major investment banking clients, large developers, sponsors, utilities, and other lenders and investors in the development, implementation, acquisition, structuring and financing of renewable assets, including the negotiation of acquisition and financing documents (including tax equity and back leverage), strategic investments, PPAs, EPCs, and various agreements related to state and local incentives and renewable energy credits.

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  • Representing a leading US utility in the acquisition of two large wind energy projects under development and in the negotiation of multiple power purchase agreements relating to utility-scale wind projects
  • Representing a leading US utility in the acquisition of a large solar + storage facility under development
  • Representing a leading French apparel company in its expansion into the United States

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  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2015, 2017, 2021-2023
  • District of Columbia Courts, Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
  • IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure 2015 Guide , Renewable Energy, Latin America



  • National Association of Women Business Owners, former counsel
  • DC Bar Landlord Tenant Resource Center, firm coordinator
  • Children’s Science Center (NOVA), founding member


George Washington University Law School, JD
Ohio State University, BA

District of Columbia