David Weisblat is of counsel and a transactional tax lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP focusing on federal and state tax issues arising in representing financial institutions, developers, utilities and other participants in energy, project finance and leveraged lease transactions. Mr. Weisblat regularly advises clients on renewable energy projects, including solar, wind and biomass projects. He is familiar with current tax equity structures with an emphasis on sale-leaseback and partnership-flip transactions and advises on utility, commercial and residential projects.
Mr. Weisblat also structures domestic and cross-border energy and project finance transactions of power plants, aircraft, rail equipment and infrastructure assets. He also advises on tax issues associated with climate change policies, including carbon trading. Additionally, Mr. Weisblat represents clients in tax audit and controversy proceedings and advises corporations on tax issues in bankruptcy and restructuring.
In 2016, Mr. Weisblat was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the areas of project finance and renewable and alternative energy.
Mr. Weisblat earned his law degree from the University of Virginia where he was elected to the Order of the Coif (J.D., 1990). During law school, he was on the articles review board of the Virginia Law Review and was articles editor for the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He holds a master’s degree in economics from American University and his undergraduate degree was conferred, magna cum laude, by the University of Massachusetts in political science.
Professional Memberships and Admissions
Mr. Weisblat is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, Virginia Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation. Mr. Weisblat is past chair of the Environmental Tax Committee for the Section of Taxation.