Daniel M. Vandergriff

Daniel focuses his practice on renewable energy transactions, helping developers and sponsors acquire, finish developing and finance renewable energy projects. His expertise includes managing project acquisitions, with a focus on utility and regulatory issues, such as power purchase agreements and utilities commission filings, and navigating environmental due diligence and permitting issues. Daniel has significant experience drafting acquisition documents, negotiating leases, and handling complex tax-equity and debt financing transactions.

Prior to joining Blanco Tackabery’s renewable energy team, Daniel focused on corporate and business transactions and commercial real estate, after spending his first four years practicing at an AmLaw 100 law firm resolving disputes for commercial entities related to a wide array of contracts and business torts. That experience informs his risk analysis as he counsels clients, negotiates transactions and drafts agreements.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Renewable Energy Financing and Development


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2010
  • B.A., Political Science, Minor in Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2010

Areas of Focus

  • Renewable Energy Finance
  • Utility, Regulatory and Environmental Due Diligence and Development
  • Business Acquisitions
  • Commercial Real Estate and Leasing

Practice Highlights

  • Inverted Lease, Partnership Flip, Sale-Leaseback and Capital Lease tax-equity transactions
  • Managed due diligence and acquisition of 17-project portfolio
  • Closed project-level and portfolio-level construction and permanent loans
  • Negotiated, drafted and closed purchase agreements for buying and selling project companies

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church (Elder, small group leader)
  • Redeemer School Board (past President, 2011-2014)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, 21st Judicial District Bar, Member

Awards & Civic Certifications

  • Super Lawyers Magazine North Carolina Rising Stars, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Order of the Coif, Magna Cum Laude
  • Wake Forest Law Review, Executive Editor, Outstanding Staff Member
  • Moot Court Board; 2008 Champion, Edwin M. Stanley Moot Court Competition
  • Law Alumni Council Annual Fund Scholar