Clean Law PC


Business-minded. Experience. Diligence. Service.


Clean Law PC represents several of the largest and most respected clean energy developers and operators in the US and globally, as well a newer entrants to the industry/market.  While working for larger firms, I believed that the needs of the clients in this industry were not being adequately served by their business models.  As a boutique firm, I'm able to be nimble and creative to address the unique needs of this vibrant, quickly growing industry. 


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Clean Law PC understands that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we'll meet with you "off the clock" to explain our experience, approach and look for alignment on common goals.


Attorney Profiles

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John F. Young
(312) 806-1882

John regularly advises renewable energy developers and operators on an extensive array of real estate and other matters, having previously served as the leader of the real estate energy team for an Am Law100 law firm and as in-house counsel to one of the world's largest renewable energy developers.  While in-house, he was responsible for handling all legal aspects of the company’s North American real estate development, as well as serving as primary counsel for Department of Defense initiatives and various joint venture relationships, project acquisition and divestiture, construction projects, power purchase agreements, purchasing/supply chain master service arrangements, corporate governance issues and regulatory/utility compliance matters.

In addition, as a classically trained real estate lawyer, John regularly represent clients on a wide variety of complex commercial real estate matters, including property acquisition/disposition, leasing, land use, construction, joint venture and financing matters with respect to warehouse, manufacturing and distribution facilities, office buildings and research parks, renewable energy generation facilities, mixed-use development, regional malls, sports and entertainment complexes. He serves clients in the real estate investment, renewable energy, hospitality, affordable housing, banking, retail, construction, manufacturing, agricultural, education and pension fund industries.   




Juris Doctor, cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2000

B.S, summa cum laude, Business Administration, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois (2001); Missouri (2000)


  • Certified Public Accountant- Missouri (1993 - Inactive)

Speaking Engagements 

  • Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects, Solar Power International, September 2018

  • Due Diligence for Wind Project Acquisitions, AWEA Windpower, May 2018

  • Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects, University of Texas - Renewable Energy Law, January 2018

  • Non-Participating Landowners; Issues Raised and Strategies for Limiting Their Impact on Project Development, AWEA Windpower, May 2017

  • Real Estate Issues in Clean Energy Project Development, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law/Kellogg School of Management, February 2017

  • Renewable Energy Law: Wind and Solar; Initial Site Acquisition; Acquisition of Land Rights, Washburn University School of Law, October 2016

  • The Business of Clean Energy Development, Illinois Sustainable Energy Summit, March 2014

  • Financeability Issues in Wind Energy Leases, AWEA Windpower, June 2012

  • Real Estate Questions, Acciona Developer Summit, September 2011

  • Managing Distressed Projects, CBRE Panel, March 2009

  • Project Workouts, Clune Construction Panel, January 2009

  • Fundamentals of Leasing, April 2006

Activities & Affiliations

  • Merit School of Music, Board of Trustees



Christine Fernandez Owen
(512) 289-1250

Christine provides legal services to developers, owners, and operators of wind, solar, and energy storage projects. Christine’s practice is focused on the support of development efforts of renewable projects, including negotiation of site control documents, title and other real estate review, environmental diligence, negotiation of commercial contracts used in the development and construction of renewable energy projects, and diligence in support of acquisitions of renewable energy projects. Christine has more than 10 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry and was previously Assistant General Counsel at one of the world’s largest owners of renewable energy projects. There, she served as lead counsel for the solar business unit, advising on all legal matters affecting the development, construction, and maintenance of utility-scale solar energy projects, as well as diligence and negotiation of acquisitions and divestitures. She also advised the development and construction of several energy storage projects, including some co-located with renewable generation. During her first two years in the industry, she worked as a wind developer in the southern United States. Previous to her in-house experience, Christine worked in the environmental practice group of a large law firm doing both transaction work and litigation.

Speaking Engagements 

  • Endangered Species and Risk Management - Mitigation and Risk Management, Renewable Energy Law, UTCLE, Austin, Texas 2019

Activities & Affiliations

  • Illinois Solar Energy Association, Member

  • Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (“WRISE,” formerly “Wowe”), Member

  • WRISE Chicago, Board Member



Juris Doctor, with honors, 2002

B.S., Environmental Engineering and Policy, School of Natural Resources, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois (2011); Texas (2002)



Theresa M. Carroll
(408) 679-1935

Theresa represents clean energy developers with respect to real estate and other matters. In addition, Theresa has robust experience practicing in the area of insurance coverage, coverage litigation, general commercial litigation, and reinsurance. Theresa has advised clients on a variety of complex issues involving primary and excess general liability, first party property, third party casualty, and bad faith claims. Theresa has litigated insurance coverage and commercial disputes in federal and state courts across the country, and also advises clients on reducing and avoiding liability outside the context of litigation.

In law school, Theresa was president of the Environmental Law Society and was a student attorney with the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. Theresa’s legal internship experiences include doing environmental enforcement work for the U.S. Department of Justice and working for the White House Center for Environmental Quality during a semester in Washington, D.C.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (“WRISE,” formerly “Wowe”), Member



Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2011

B.A., Political Science, Latin American Studies, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois (2012); Missouri (2011);
    Pennsylvania (2014 - retired); New Jersey (2014)



Yana Spitzer
(314) 540-0293

Yana is a seasoned real estate lawyer with deep experience on renewable energy projects including drafting and negotiation of real property acquisition and use (i.e., easement and lease) instruments, real estate diligence including title and survey review and analysis and negotiation of various investment and financing vehicles. She believes in building strong and lasting relationships with her clients by developing a deep understanding of the many variables that come into play in a transaction in order to understand its impact on clients’ businesses.

Yana’s commercial real estate experience includes a special interest in acquisition and disposition, development, financing and leasing in projects ranging from downtown and suburban office buildings, mixed-use developments, student and senior housing communities, and regional malls in the following industries: real estate investment, affordable housing, banking, retail and construction. Yana represents lenders, borrowers, owners, landowners and tenants, including parties in real estate joint venture vehicles, property management agreement and development agreements.

Before joining Clean Law PC, Yana practiced with the real estate groups of a large law firm and a midsize law firm and served as underwriting counsel with a title company. Before entering law school, Yana spent several years in the banking industry, primarily in personal banking and commercial lending.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (“WRISE,” formerly “Wowe”), Member



Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2011

M.B.A., Finance, 2007

B.A., Management, International Business, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois (2017); Indiana (2012)