University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.
- Ward Kershaw Award
- Environmental Moot Court
University of Alberta, B.A., Economics
Energy Bar Association
- Power Generation and Marketing Subcommittee
South Asian Bar Association of Chicago
- Executive Board Member
Illinois State Bar Association
Section of Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications & Transportation
- Council Member
Edison Electric Institute
American Bar Association
Sameer Ghaznavi is Counsel in Chapman’s Corporate and Securities Department.
Sameer’s practice focuses primarily in the area of project development and operational matters for power and natural gas utility companies and independent power producers in transactional matters such as the preparation and negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction agreements; operations and maintenance agreements; traditional and synthetic power purchase agreements and retail purchase and sale agreements; turbine supply and leasing agreements; fuel purchase agreements; professional services agreements; long-term party supply and service agreements; renewable energy credits and certificates transactions; emissions allowance transactions; and the sale of various project assets. Sameer is experienced with both traditional (gas, coal, combined cycle, cogeneration) and renewable energy (solar, wind) facilities. Prior to entering private practice, Sameer was in-house counsel at a Fortune 200 energy company, and a publicly traded independent power producer headquartered out of Alberta, Canada.
Sameer serves as a Council Member on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section of Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications & Transportation. He also serves as an Executive Board Member on the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago.
Company counsel for utility-scale solar projects, including drafting and negotiation of EPCs, PPAs, leases and operating agreements
Company counsel in connection with EPC for flyash and bottom ash conversion projects for coal assets
Company counsel in connection with preparation and negotiation of gas and electric distribution and transmission parts supply and construction agreement
Represented utility with negotiation of network infrastructure agreement
Represented utility with preparation and negotiation of EPC for cooling tower cell replacement
Company counsel in connection with EPC for dumper barrel and positioner replacement
Development of standard contract templates, including the following:
- professional services agreement
- goods purchase agreement
- construction agreement
- contract labor agreement
- non-disclosure agreement
- chemicals supply agreement
Development of contract playbooks to assist with legal department’s and supply chain group’s review and negotiation of standard contracts
Represented independent power producer in connected with negotiation of long term parts and maintenance services agreements with international OEM*
Represented independent power producer in connection with 270 MW wind turbine supply agreement*
Represented independent power producer in connection with divestiture of partnership owing renewable assets*
*Representation prior to joining Chapman.
- Contributor, Report of the Power Generation and Marketing Subcommittee, Vol 36:2, Energy L.J. 111 (2015).
- Co-Author, “Retail Electric Supply Agreement Basics & Negotiation Tips.” American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources In-House Newsletter, April 2014.
- Panelist, "Hot Topics Impacting Energy Project Finance." Chapman and Cutler CLE Marathon, May 2015.