Elise N. Zoli

Jones Day

With a keen sense of the clean energy and water markets and opportunities, Elise Zoli provides strategic direction and advice to the nation’s leading public and private enterprises. Her experience focuses on the development, financing (impact investment, hedge fund, private equity, governmental grant, and alternative funding), and operation of clean energy, water, and related infrastructure projects and services. Elise is recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Massachusetts and serves as global co-head of the Firm’s Future of Energy, Renewables+ & Sustainability Initiative.
She has extensive experience with a variety of clean energy technologies, including nuclear, solar, wind, fuel cell and battery, energy storage, micro- and smart-grid, and water, as well as the associated environmental attribute (RPS, REC, carbon credit) markets. In conjunction with her transactional work, Elise also has pioneered the use of riskmitigation instruments, including insurance, designed to facilitate new market entrants.


Elise has extensive first-chair experience in large-scale energy- and water-related arbitration and litigation, including on behalf of renewables component manufacturers, energy purchasers, and energy facility owners and operators. This experience reflects work before commercial arbitrators, federal and state regulatory tribunals, and in federal and state courts on issues important to the energy sector.

A prominent lawyer in the nuclear sector, Elise has experience that extends beyond transactional work to the use and release of radioisotopes, as well as the operation, decommissioning, and redevelopment of nuclear power plants, former defense sites, laboratories, and industrial facilities that employ radioisotopes. Elise is a periodic lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School and a member of the clean energy committee for the New England Clean Energy Council.

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS A Word About Wind, Legal Power List (2020) Law360’s “Ten Influential Women in Energy Law” (2018) Public Utilities Fortnightly’s “Groundbreaking Attorney of the Year in Cleantech” (2011) Best Lawyers in America (2011-2019) Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2018) Stimson Center, Board of Directors (pending) Trustee, Desert Research Institute (Western Regional Climate Center) Bhutan Foundation, Special Advisor

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