Susan Mac Cormac Taylor is a corporate partner at Morrison & Foerster where she serves as co-chair of the Energy and Clean Technology Group as well as the Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Group.
Ms. Mac Cormac Taylor’s work focuses on advising innovative, forward-thinking sustainable and renewable energy companies and investors on corporate structure, equity and debt financings, mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, reorganizations and joint ventures. She advises corporations on the intersection of fiduciary duties and environmental sustainability as well as disclosure around ESG. She has particular expertise on ensuring energy, sustainability and other investments have positive impact – through use of new corporate forms, hybrids, alternative debt and equity instruments and disclosure.
Ms. Mac Cormac Taylor was named by California Lawyer in 2012 as a California Attorney of the Year for her effective legislative change in California as co-chair of the Working Group for the Flexible Purpose Corporation and again in 2016 for her innovative work in impact investing, sustainability, and corporate form. In 2015, the Financial Times named Ms. Mac Cormac Taylor the Most Innovative North American Lawyer for her work championing impact investing and social enterprise legal innovation. In 2016, Ms. Mac Cormac Taylor was honored with the National Public Service Award by the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section for providing significant pro bono legal services.
Ms. Mac Cormac Taylor was a founding board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, is a member of the Ceres President’s Council and the Board of Earth Genome Project, and an advising board member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s Strategic Investor Initiative.
She holds a B.A. from Williams College and received her J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke University School of Law. She resides in the Presidio with her husband and three sons.