Shari Shapiro joined Cozen O'Connor's Energy, Environment & Public Utilities Practice Group in 2011, and she is also a member of the government relations team at the firm’s subsidiary, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies. She is also a LEED accredited professional.
Shari focuses her legal practice on renewable energy, energy efficiency and green building.
On the energy project side, Shari has represented developers of energy projects and financial institutions providing funding for energy projects. She has provided legal advice regarding power purchase agreements and engineering, procurement and construction contracts, interconnection with energy distribution companies and PJM, subsidy programs, rate recovery and project finance. Her experience includes natural gas fired power plants, combined heat and power plants and solar installations.
Shari has experience with development of energy efficient and green building projects. Shari has drafted provisions of loan agreements for energy efficiency building renovations, advised on subsidy programs, and drafted construction and architecture contracts.
Through Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Shari advocates for clients on policy issues related to energy and energy efficiency with decision-makers in all branches of local, state, and federal government.
In 2012, Shari was the legislative liaison for the Coalition for an Energy Efficient Philadelphia, and she helped the Coalition successfully advocate for a commercial energy disclosure law in Philadelphia. In 2011, Shari was named by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the eight-member advisory panel providing input into the clean energy component of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan. Also in 2011, on behalf of the Department of Energy, Shari led a study on energy efficiency policy in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on behalf of the Department of Energy through the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub.
Shari is an adjunct professor with the Drexel University Master’s in Public Policy Program, teaching a course on Sustainability Policy.
Shari was named a 2009 “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer.