Tyler P. McNish

Counsel
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Tyler McNish is Counsel to the firm. Tyler helps the firm’s clients negotiate commercial agreements with regulated utilities and participate effectively in the regulatory and policy proceedings currently reshaping Hawaii’s energy sector.

Tyler has helped negotiate eight power purchase agreements accounting for a cumulative 250 MW of renewable electricity generation capacity and hundreds of millions of dollars in estimated investment.  Tyler has also represented independent power producers in over 15 separate Hawaii Public Utilities Commission proceedings, including policy proceedings related to all aspects of the future of Hawaii’s energy sector and proceedings for approval of power purchase agreements.  Tyler is the author of several academic articles on international climate change policy, including an article which was selected by a nationwide panel of law professors for inclusion in a compendium of the “ten best” land use and environmental law articles of 2012.

In addition to his role at the firm, Tyler serves as the Director of Market Development for Safe Connect Solar, an early-stage company focused on the development of hardware with built-in safety functionality for the residential solar industry.

Before joining the firm, Tyler worked as a consultant on international climate change issues, a business strategy analyst at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., a law clerk to the Honorable Richard R. Clifton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a commercial litigator at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, and worked in New York City with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  Tyler also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, where he worked with local communities to implement village-level water and energy projects.

Tyler was born and raised on Maui.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Areas of Practice
  • Energy
  • Regulatory
  • Commercial Agreements
Bar Admissions
  • State of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Education
  • Stanford University, B.A. in Economics
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D.
Associations
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid
Pro Bono / Community Service
  • Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii
  • Honolulu District Court Access to Justice Room
  • Hawaii Renewable Energy Association