Herbert J.
Short, Jr.


Working with electric utilities and investment bankers across the country, Herbert Short helps his clients raise capital for energy projects through complex financing deals, including publicly issued taxable bond offerings, leveraged leasing transactions, tax-exempt bond offerings, revolving lines of credit, government-guaranteed financings and commercial paper transactions. A senior transactional and securities lawyer, Herbert is also the practice group leader for Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, which is composed of more than 60 energy and environmental lawyers in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, and Washington, D.C.

In addition to his work in the utilities industry, Herbert has substantial experience representing clients in corporate and securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, bond offerings and other financings. He also advises corporate boards and management before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on corporate governance issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and regulatory matters.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of mergers and acquisitions law (2017)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: transactions (2015) 

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of energy (2005-2016)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of energy law (2010-2017) and mergers and acquisitions law (2016-2017)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® (2004-2006, 2010-2014)

Professional Activities

Past Chair, Business Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
Board of Directors and Executive Officer, Georgia Chamber of Commerce (2011-2013)
Chair (2005) and Atlanta Chair (2004 & 2012), Georgia Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Tour, one of Georgia’s premier marketing and economic development initiatives
Member (1995); Board of Trustees (1997-1999), Leadership Georgia
Member, Corporation, Banking and Business Law and Public Utility Law Sections, and the Electric Cooperative Bar Association, American Bar Association
Member, Business and Finance Section, Atlanta Bar Association
Board of Visitors, University of Georgia School of Law

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, Phi Kappa Phi, Order of the Coif
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, University of Georgia, First Honor Graduate
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia

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