Jorge Medina

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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South Figueroa Street 725
Los Angeles 90017 CA US

Jorge Medina’s practice focuses on tax aspects of energy investment and financing transactions, including tax equity investments in the renewables space. Jorge regularly works on federal tax policy and controversy issues involving renewable energy, and he has extensive experience structuring tax-driven transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, he was associate general counsel-tax at automotive and energy company Tesla Inc. He was primarily responsible for all tax issues across Tesla related to the energy and storage business.

He previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at SolarCity, which Tesla purchased in 2016. He also previously worked at Dewey LeBoeuf and Sidley Austin, where he handled a wide range of U.S. tax matters, particularly those in the renewable energy, equipment leasing, and tax equity fields.


  • In five years at Tesla and SolarCity, represented the companies in more than 60 tax equity and finance transactions, totaling over $8 billion.
  • Handled nine IRS audits of SolarCity/Tesla’s solar funds, involving more than $500 million at issue, with no adjustments.
  • Has previously represented tax equity investors in over 50 transactions involving wind, geothermal and biomass facilities.
  • Counsel on the development and financing of the world’s first utility-scale solar plus battery storage generation facility in Hawaii.
  • Represented SolarCity in the largest solar distributed generation tax equity transaction in history, funding over $1 billion in solar and battery storage projects.
  • Represented tax equity funds in the placement of over 30 tax insurance policies that cover hundreds of millions in indemnity exposure.


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law), 2003
  • B.A., Political Science, San Francisco State University, 1999

ADMISSIONS : California


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