Kimberly E. Diamond
Adjunct Professor of Law
Kim Diamond is a recognized leader in the legal, energy, and environmental communities and is a thought leader in renewable energy, smart cities, and energy policy areas.
Within the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Section of Environment, Energy & Resources, she served as Co-Chair of the award-winning Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee as well as Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Congressional Relations. Ms. Diamond has also served as Chair of the Tri-State Area Chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (f/k/a Women of Wind Energy) and as a Wind Energy Ambassador for the Wind Energy Foundation.
On a personal level, Ms. Diamond was recognized on A Word About Wind’s Legal Power List 2016 as one of the Top 100 lawyers working in wind globally. She was also recognized as a 2014 finalist for a Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Award (C3E Award) for leadership and achievement from the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative.
Ms. Diamond has also spearheaded award-winning initiatives in her local community. In 2018, she led her local environmental commission to win an Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) Award for the thin film plastics recycling program she leads. Most recently, in 2019, she led the sustainability-focused non-profit that she founded to win the 2019 New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s Volunteer Award.
With respect to legal scholarship and presentations, she has participated as a speaker or moderator in over 30 presentations on finance, environmental, wind, and other renewable energy topics. Venues at which she has presented include Columbia Law School, Columbia Business School, the British Embassy, and the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conferences.
She has also published over 30 articles on offshore wind, onshore wind, solar power, smart cities, green building climate change, finance, and other renewable energy topics. Her articles have appeared in prestigious law reviews, journals and trade publications. The United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, among other places, has cited her scholarship. Additionally, the first legal textbook of its kind on renewable energy law, Renewable Energy Law, Policy and Practice (Troy A. Rule, 2018), includes a selection from one of her most recent law review articles on wind rights and wake effect impacts.
Ms. Diamond is also a transactional lawyer with a background in securitization, structured finance, and secured lending. She has worked at large international and national law firms, representing domestic and international commercial banks, financial institutions, asset managers, funds, sponsors, large corporations, and others in numerous complex multi-million and multi-billion dollar CMBS, ABS, and RMBS securitizations, as well as structured finance, leveraged finance, and other complex financing transactions (including CLOs) in the public and private markets, both domestically and internationally. She has also served as in-house counsel at Credit Suisse, a global investment bank, where she covered the Fixed Income desk.
Additionally, Ms. Diamond possesses practical experience teaching law students outside of the classroom. In addition to her teaching experience at Fordham Law School, she has mentored teams of law students from NYU Law School’s Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association in the representation of small business owners from Rising Tide Capital’s entrepreneurs program for start-up companies.
Research and Teaching Areas
Energy Law and Policy; Smart Cities Development and Policy; Environmental Law; Renewable Energy; Sustainability and Sustainable Development; Finance and Structured Finance.
J.D., Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, 1998
A.B. with Honors in English and Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1989