Mr. Gale is "noted as a superb 'problem solver' and is venerated for his expertise in the development, financing and regulation of renewables energy projects. One peer enthused: 'Calling Kelley is like tapping into the motherlode of California knowledge; he is a huge resource and a pleasure to work with'."


Chambers Global 2013

Kelley Michael Gale


Kelley Michael Gale retired from Partnership on November 30, 2016. He was a partner in the San Diego office and served as global Chair of the firm's Project Development & Finance Practice and was former Co-chair of the firm's Air Quality & Climate Change Practice. He had practiced law with the firm since 1979 and established the firm’s Project Development & Finance Practice in the mid-1980s, which now includes over 170 attorneys in many of the firm’s offices. His practice centered on the representation of both private and public sector clients in the development, regulation and financing of renewable energy projects and capital intensive infrastructure projects. Mr. Gale was recognized in The Legal 500 2016 as a recommended lawyer in the areas of Project Finance and Energy: Renewable/alternative, Chambers Global 2015 and Chambers USA 2015 for Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy, Who's Who Legal: Project Finance 2015 and Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Project Finance Lawyers 2013.  

Mr. Gale has represented major project lenders and developers in connection with many different types of energy projects, including geothermal, wind, solar, biomass, waste-to-energy and hydroelectric as well as natural gas fired peaking and combined cycle projects. His environmental and energy law expertise includes a broad range of work in the air, energy regulation, hazardous waste and land use areas. Mr. Gale also has extensive experience in the development, redevelopment and financing of capital intensive real estate projects.

Mr. Gale is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and of the Natural Resources Law Section of the American Bar Association.

  • Education
    • JD, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 1979
    • BS, Wayne State University, 1975
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