Thorsen Legal

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Brenda Hanzl

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Texas


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
  • American University (M.A., Philosophy and Social Policy; B.A., University Honors, magna cum laude, International Relations and Philosophy)

Brenda Hanzl

Brenda has over thirteen years’ experience as a general corporate law practitioner. She focuses her practice on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and commercial transactions, particularly within the energy, transportation, infrastructure and commodity industries.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law, Brenda has significant experience leading M&A transactions on both the buy and sell side. She has predominantly represented private companies and private equity on deals in the mid-market range (up to $500 million).

Brenda spent the first ten years of her career in “big law,” holding associate, of counsel and senior associate roles at well-known international law firms such as McDermott, Will & Emery (one of the largest grossing law firms in the world with lawyers representing a wide range of commercial, industrial and financial enterprises, both publicly and privately held), Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (New York City’s oldest law firm and one of the oldest continuously operating legal practices in the United States), Fulbright & Jaworski (a global law firm representing clients in the energy, healthcare and financial industries) and Winston & Strawn (an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys in key financial centers around the world).

As a resident of Houston, Texas, Brenda is also well versed in the marketing and trading of gas, oil, and energy; including, a wide range of experience with drafting and negotiating energy management agreements, asset management agreements, and hedging structures as well as standard energy trading documents such as ISDAs, EEIs, and NAESBs.

Currently, in addition to serving as of counsel at Thorsen Legal, Brenda is Vice President and General Counsel at Blue Ridge Energy & Infrastructure Holdings, an energy project development firm which has closed over 71 GW of energy solutions; spanning solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, landfill gas, and fossil-fired electric generation, with an aggregate investment value of over $49 billion.

Prior to attending law school at Georgetown University Brenda obtained her Bachelors (magna cum laude) and Master’s degree from American University. She was a national merit scholar and member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.