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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1999
    • B.A., Miami University, 1996
Clients look to David Streicker for counsel on complex project finance and infrastructure development matters. David advises clients on issues including public/private partnerships, tax minimization/incentives, power purchase and off-take agreements, gas supply agreements, negotiations with lender’s counsel, environmental and natural resources regulation, utility regulation, and legislative matters. 

David’s energy sector clients include entities developing electric generation assets (coal, waste-to-energy, gas, wind, solar, and CHP), coal conversion projects (CTL and SNG), electric transmission/smart-grid, bio-refining campuses, chemical plants, and mining projects. His transportation related matters center around the development of intermodal and airport related projects.

Prior to joining Polsinelli, David served as general counsel and ethics officer for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), which is the State of Illinois’ primary economic development agency. In this capacity, he was the state’s lead attorney for all major development projects, including energy related assets, transportation, brownfields/military base reuse, manufacturing expansion, and headquarters relocation. Among the many matters that David actively participated in while at DCEO was the opportunity to lead the state’s legal efforts to successfully land the FutureGen Project – the world’s first near zero emission coal fired power plant. This assignment included extensive legislative and project development work, as well as close interaction with various levels of federal, state, and local government. In addition to his project development experience, David is an experienced litigator, having tried many matters in both state and federal courts, along with administrative hearings, binding arbitrations, mediations, and matters before the Illinois Commerce Commission.
  • Lead project development counsel for the site selection and construction of a $1 billion chemical plant.
  • Lead project development counsel for several multi-billion dollar coal gasification facilities (IGCC, SNG, CTL) with CCS capability.
  • Project development and tax counsel to multiple renewable energy developers.
  • Lead Illinois project development counsel for the construction of two multi-state electric transmission lines.
  • Negotiated multiple power purchase agreements with several utilities across the nation for renewable energy developers and manufacturing clients.
  • Represented multiple coal producers regarding the purchase of existing mines and the development and permitting of new mines in the Illinois Basin.
  • Lead counsel for a major national energy aggregator regarding registration with multiple state utility commissions and related compliance matters.
  • Tax and incentives counsel to several major multinational corporations regarding the location of new headquarters and/or manufacturing operations.
  • Project counsel for the redevelopment of a major former Army manufacturing site.
  • Project counsel for a joint State of Illinois and South Korean Smart Grid test bed project in Chicago.
  • Representation of a commercial and private interests before the Illinois Commerce Commission regarding the siting of new transmission lines.
  • Representation of an intermodal facility developer for state and local tax matters, real estate and construction.
  • Representation of an airport authority regarding multiple operational and business development matters.
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Energy Performance Contracting and Legal Obligations
Illinois Sustainable Energy Summit 2014
Chicago, Illinois
March 2014
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Natural Gas and Renewables: Changing Dynamics
RETECH 2013; Washington, D.C.
Speaker and Panelist
September 2013
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The Impact of Low Natural Gas Prices on Renewable Energy Development
Electric Power Conference
Presentation given in Chicago, Illinois
May 2013
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Sustainability and Energy Issues Impacting Local Government
Chicago Bar Association
Presentation given in Chicago, Illinois
May 2013
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Energy Industry CEOs Discuss the Factors Driving Down the Cost of Renewable Generation
Chicago Clean Line Energy Alliance Event, Chicago, Illinois
Panel Moderator
October 2012
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Greenhouse Gas Permitting Advantages for Biomass Projects
American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
Article co-authored by David Streicker and Luke Hagedorn
October 2011
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Greenhouse Gas Permitting Advantages For Biomass Projects
Presentation given at American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources,19th Section Fall Meeting
Presentation given in Indianapolis, Indiana
October 13, 2011
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Property Tax Treatment of Commercial Wind Energy Projects: A State-by-State Analysis of Property Tax Profiles for Commercial Wind Power Projects
Author for American Wind Energy Association
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Biomass Project Permitting and Regulatory Compliance
Biomass Projects and Permitting Seminar; presentation given in Chicago, Illinois
Co-Chair and Speaker
June 2011
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Legal and Legislative Issues Impacting Clean Coal Project Development
Midwest ENERGY Association Environmental Learning Summit; presentation given in Indianapolis, Indiana
May 2011