Kristen Thall Peters is a partner of Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, resident in the firm’s Walnut Creek office. Ms. Peters is chair of the firm’s Green Practice Group and practices real estate, land use, environmental and energy law. Ms. Peters advises and counsels commercial developers and property owners in connection with real estate acquisition and sales, development projects, green building, easements and rights of way, and regulatory and land use approvals, including compliance with CEQA, NEPA, and the Endangered Species Act. She has acted as real estate counsel to potential purchasers and sellers of property valued from $100,000 to over $1 Billion, including coordination and review of title and environmental due diligence and disclosures. Ms. Peters regularly counsels landlords and tenants, and negotiates and documents commercial and industrial property leases and indemnities. She also represents contractors, real estate brokers, and owners’ associations in a wide array of energy, real estate and environmental matters.
In connection with real estate assets, Ms. Peters regularly counsels in a wide range of commercial and contractual matters. She has extensive experience in the negotiation of power purchase agreements, transmission access and funding agreements, and the financing of private electric power projects, including the drafting of contracts for power purchase, purchase and sale of environmental attributes renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon credits, distributorship, licenses, non-disclosure, collaboration, development, joint venture and other arrangements. As a member of the mergers and acquisitions group, she has handled many purchases and sales of businesses, with emphasis on companies with large real estate portfolios and potential environmental liabilities.
In addition to developing corporate environmental compliance, green certification, and sustainability programs, Ms. Peters advises on laws and regulations pertaining to air and water quality, hazardous substances, and California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) statutes. Ms. Peters has worked with regulators on local, state and federal levels and advises on environmental clean-up responsibility, underground and above ground storage tank removal and remediation, flow control, e-waste, and recycling issues. Her practice involves all aspects of the alternative energy business.
Clients working with Ms. Peters participate in a diverse range of industries and occupations, including oil refineries and distributors, automotive service stations and parts outlets, energy and renewable energy companies, cable companies, clean technology companies, communications site management companies, agribusiness concerns, transportation and distribution companies, development companies, golf courses, construction materials retailers, commercial fishermen, neighborhood groups, non-profit corporations, and a variety of service businesses.
Ms. Peters received her B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University (SCU). In addition to being the winner of the SCU Environmental Moot Court Competition, Ms. Peters was also a Quarterfinalist in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. At SCU, Ms. Peters was an editor of the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, the journal in which her article on the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments was published.
She continues to publish, including as a co-author of the Green Building chapter of CEB’s construction contract practice guide, and frequently lectures on energy, environmental, land use, and real estate issues. Ms. Peters is currently a member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy & the Environment (formerly Women in Power), Women in Cable Telecommunications, Women Presidents’ Organization, California Land Title Association, the Real Estate and Environmental Sections of the State Bar of California, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and the Cal Baseball Foundation Board of Directors. She a former President of the Real Estate Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Bar Association as a whole. She is currently the President of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) East Bay. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Peters was an Environmental Protection Specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.