Avery Burns | Headshot Large | Balch & Bingham
  • Cumberland School of Law
    J.D., 2021, cum laude
  • University of Mississippi
    B.A., Public Policy, 2017, cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2021
About Avery
  • What type of clients do you represent?

    I regularly represent vertically integrated public utilities, independent power producers, generation resource developers, and energy investment funds in various compliance and regulatory capacities.

  • What do you find most exciting about your work?

    The energy and utility industry is constantly evolving. There is a constant problem solving mindset which compels innovation and growth. I enjoy creating and developing client relationships, helping clients solve their legal problems and achieve their business goals.

Select Matters

  • Long Term Service Agreements (LTSAs): Counsel to utilities and generation owners in preparing and negotiating long term service agreements for solar, energy storage and fossil generation facilities.
  • Electric Generation Construction: Represent owners in the development and construction of new natural gas, battery storage, and renewable electric generation facilities and associated projects.
  • Renewable energy programs: Assists utility clients in developing renewable energy programs for industrial, commercial, and residential customers. 
  • Battery Storage: Counsel for developers and purchasers of battery energy storage systems, including construction contracts, service agreements, and power purchase agreements.
  • Renewable energy marketing: Advises clients regarding renewable energy marketing and compliance with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, state attorneys general guidance, and other applicable rules. Develops and negotiates REC sales agreements.
  • Export Control Compliance: Focusing on transfers of dual-use items (controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the US Department of Commerce) and defense articles and services (controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the US Department of State). 
  • Section 810 nuclear-related export controls: Assisting clients with Section 810 nuclear-related export controls administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the US Department of Energy.

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        • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2021, cum laude
        • University of Mississippi, B.A., Public Policy, 2017, cum laude
        Bar Admissions
        • Alabama, 2021
        Professional Affiliations
        • Judge James Edwin Horton Inn of Court 
        Awards & Accolades
        • Cumberland Law Review, Acquisitions Editor 
        • Caruthers Fellow
        Community Involvement
        • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Corporate Committee
        • Preschool Partners, Young Professionals Board
        • Rotaract Club of Birmingham