Energy & Clean Technology

As the global appetite for energy continues to grow, so does the demand to change the way it is delivered and consumed. Adapting to this changing environment presents significant challenges and opportunities. Whether you are developing a new energy technology, already producing power, or pioneering ways to make more efficient use of existing resources, you need an attorney who knows the industry and has deep experience guiding businesses like yours through financial milestones, regulatory hurdles, and other critical issues and opportunities.

As the first law firm in the eastern United States to build a dedicated energy and clean technology practice group, Mintz Levin has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top law firms in the sector. Our industry-leading attorneys focus on the convergence of technology and industry in regulated markets and provide services at that intersection. We lead the field in completing clean tech public offerings and our experience in venture capital and private equity, bond finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions is unmatched. Having experience at the crossroads of the investment, traditional energy, and clean tech industry means we also handle government funding, environmental, land use, real estate, intellectual property, litigation, and legislative and regulatory matters.

Whether you are an investor, a traditional energy provider, or a clean technology entrepreneur, we have the critical insight needed to help you create, execute, implement, and succeed at your business goals.

Project & Infrastructure Permitting
Mintz Levin attorneys have developed effective permit strategies and secured all needed state, federal, and local environmental permits and approvals for a wide range of major projects. These include energy projects, solid and hazardous waste management facilities, industrial facilities, regional shopping centers and industrial office parks, numerous major downtown developments in Boston and elsewhere, waterfront industrial and recreational / residential developments, and subsidized housing developments. Many of these projects have required coordination of multiple environmental reviews and advocacy before many different forums, facing varying standards and procedural requirements as well as intense agency and public scrutiny. In the context of this diverse array of projects, we have established a clear track record of successful permitting of complex, highly visible, and often controversial and contested projects.

Mintz Levin environmental attorneys have effectively represented such projects in hearings before local zoning boards, health boards, and conservation commissions, and in adjudicatory appeals before the Department of Environmental Protection. Our regular appearances before environmental regulatory agencies, on behalf of public and private project proponents, together with the senior-level public sector background of several of our attorneys gives us extensive knowledge of agency policies and approval processes. We are skilled at assisting clients in anticipating and addressing agency concerns.

Pioneering Innovations in Financing
Our Energy & Clean Technology Practice is driving progressive change in the project finance arena, including the development of cutting-edge public-private financing mechanisms. Mintz Levin was integral in the creation and development of the bond financing program that was recently adopted in the USDA’s 9003 loan guarantee program for biofuels projects. The program uses credit-enhanced corporate debt from project companies in lieu of commercial debt — providing an interest rate that is up to 2% lower, a tenor of 15 to 25 years, and terms that are unavailable to developers relying exclusively on commercial debt. The program is expected to play a critical role in opening up the debt market to biofuels companies in need of financing.

Quick Facts


  • Served as legal counsel to GreatPoint Energy in the top greentech VC deal of 2012, according to Greentech Media
  • First law firm in the eastern United States to build a dedicated clean technology practice and to combine capabilities in emerging technology representation, project finance and development, and government relations to help clients pursue their goals
  • 35 years of experience in energy / renewable energy project finance worldwide, including 30 years of financing such projects through US government loan guarantees, loans, and grants
  • Combined knowledge of 40+ industry-leading attorneys and other professionals
  • 30 years of experience in taking emerging technology, including energy tech, companies public
  • 300+ deals completed, totaling over $7 billion, in the energy and clean tech sector since 2006
  • Ranked in the “Top Ten Clean Technology Firms” by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy (2013)

Areas of Focus

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Ranked in the “Top Ten Clean Technology Firms” by Euromoney's LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy (2013)
  • Practice co-chairs ranked in the “Top 100 Clean Technology Lawyers” by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy (2013)
  • Recommended for Intellectual Property, Regulatory, and Finance & Transactional: Corporate by LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy (2013)
  • Ranked among the 2012 “40 Hottest Partners in Bioenergy and Bio-based Materials” by Biofuels Digest
  • Ranked #2 in the CleanTechies “Top Ten United States Cleantech Law Firms of 2011” for our global knowledge of the commercialization of clean energy technologies
  • Practice ranked nationally and in Boston by U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms”
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Priya K. Agrawal

Priya K. Agrawal

Associate

New York 212.692.6708
David M. Alin

David M. Alin

Member

New York 212.692.6294
Shovon Ashraf, PhD

Shovon Ashraf, PhD

Associate

Boston 617.348.4964
Eoin P. Beirne

Eoin P. Beirne

Associate

Boston 617.348.1707
Brady Berg

Brady Berg

Member

San Francisco 415.432.6003
Emma Bevan

Emma Bevan

Member

London, UK +44.20.7776.7379
Scott Biel

Scott Biel

Member

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Anne Campbell

Anne Campbell

Associate

London, UK +44.20.7776.7317
Boston 617.348.3021
Barbara Chin

Barbara Chin

Associate

Boston 617.348.4405
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San Francisco 415.432.6000
William L. Coffman

William L. Coffman

Of Counsel

Boston 617.348.1890
Boston 617.348.4468
Stephen P. Cole

Stephen P. Cole

Associate

Boston 617.348.1605
Jordan M. Collins

Jordan M. Collins

ML Strategies - Director of Government Relations

Washington, DC 202.434.7462
Hannah C. Coman

Hannah C. Coman

Associate

Boston 617.348.1703
John P. Condon

John P. Condon

Associate

Boston 617.348.4453
James Conley

James Conley

Member

San Diego 858.314.1514
Boston 617.348.4448
Julian Crump

Julian Crump

Member

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Paul H. Dickerson

Paul H. Dickerson

Of Counsel

Washington, DC 202.460.9286
Washington, DC 202.434.7461
Matthew D. Durell

Matthew D. Durell

Associate

Boston 617.348.1615
Samuel Effron

Samuel Effron

Associate

New York 212.692.6810
Boston 617.348.1635
Boston 617.348.3003
Isobel Finnie

Isobel Finnie

Member

London, UK +44.20.7776.7318
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Boston 617.348.3051
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Boston 617.348.1834
Kristin A. Gerber

Kristin A. Gerber

Associate

Boston 617.348.3043
New York 212.692.6247
John Giust

John Giust

Member

San Diego 858.314.1572
Lisa F. Glahn

Lisa F. Glahn

Member

Boston 617.348.4457
San Diego 858.314.1515
San Francisco 415.432.6000
Tawfik Goma

Tawfik Goma

Associate

New York 212.692.6822
Douglas Hauer

Douglas Hauer

Member

Boston 617.348.3044
Boston 617.348.1654
Kanasha S. Herbert

Kanasha S. Herbert

Associate

Boston 617.348.3015
Sarah T. Hogan

Sarah T. Hogan

Associate

Boston 617.348.1883
Boston 617.348.1665
Boston 617.348.3093
Maryanne Kline

Maryanne Kline

Associate

Boston 617.239.8498
New York 212.692.6768
Boston 617.348.1674
San Diego 858.314.1535
Los Angeles 310.586.3200
San Francisco 415.432.6000
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New York 212.692.6884
David C. Laney, PhD

David C. Laney, PhD

Technology Specialist

San Diego 858.314.1487
Lindsay F. Leone

Lindsay F. Leone

Associate

Boston 617.348.1728
Boston 617.348.3032
San Diego 858.314.1509
San Francisco 415.432.6104
Washington, DC 202.434.7452
Boris A. Matvenko

Boris A. Matvenko

Of Counsel

New York 212.692.6858
Boston 617.348.1683
Peter D. McCarthy

Peter D. McCarthy

Associate

Boston 617.348.1719
Jessica D. Mendoza

Jessica D. Mendoza

Associate

San Francisco 415.432.6085
Boston 617.348.1691
Boston 617.348.1696
Tavis J. Morello

Tavis J. Morello

Associate

Boston 617.348.4464
Julie J. Muyco

Julie J. Muyco

Patent Agent

San Diego 858.314.1563
Mark Nemes

Mark Nemes

Associate

New York 212.692.6718
Marilyn Newman

Marilyn Newman

Special Counsel

Boston 617.348.1774
David L. O'Connor

David L. O'Connor

ML Strategies - Senior Vice President for Energy & Clean Technology

Boston 617.348.4418
Maura M. Pelham

Maura M. Pelham

Contract Attorney

Boston 617.348.1851
Boston 617.348.1711
Linda Rockett

Linda Rockett

Member

Boston 617.348.4888
San Diego 858.314.1527
Los Angeles 310.586.3200
San Francisco 415.432.6080
John T. Rudy

John T. Rudy

Associate

Boston 617.348.3050
Boston 617.348.1678
Boston 617.348.1798
Jack C. Schecter

Jack C. Schecter

Of Counsel

Boston 617.348.3083
New York 212.692.6761
Boston 617.348.1764
New York 212.692.6732
Bram Shapiro

Bram Shapiro

Member

Boston 617.348.1610
San Diego 858.314.1506
New York 212.692.6850
Bryan M. Stockton

Bryan M. Stockton

ML Strategies - Director of Government Relations

Washington, DC 202.434.7480
Jennifer Sulla

Jennifer Sulla

Of Counsel

Boston 617.348.3092
Sahir Surmeli

Sahir Surmeli

Member

Boston 617.348.3013
Jeff Tsai

Jeff Tsai

Senior Patent Agent

New York 212.692.6757
Tali M. Tuchin

Tali M. Tuchin

Of Counsel

San Diego 858.314.1558
Boston 617.348.1749
Boston 617.348.1621
Colin G. Van Dyke

Colin G. Van Dyke

Associate

Boston 617.348.1655
San Diego 858.314.1559
San Francisco 415.432.6000
Boston 617.348.1612
Katy E. Ward

Katy E. Ward

Associate

Boston 617.348.1850
William F. Weld

William F. Weld

Member
ML Strategies - Principal

Boston 617.348.4412
New York 212.692.6870
Washington, DC 202.434.7370
Boston 617.348.1869
Garrett M. Winslow

Garrett M. Winslow

Associate

Boston 617.348.3028
Howard Wisnia

Howard Wisnia

Member

San Diego 858.314.1592
San Francisco 415.432.6101
David Wraige

David Wraige

Associate

London, UK +44.20.7776.7310
Dean G. Zioze

Dean G. Zioze

Member

Boston 617.348.4795

Representative Experience

  • Defended a global oil equipment manufacturer in federal class and collective action and successfully limited class to a single plaintiff.
  • Represented an oil industry manufacturer, successfully limiting class size in collective action claiming misclassification under professional exemption, and at trial, significantly limiting the amount of recovery.
  • Represented ClearSky Power + Technology Fund I in the following 2012 financings: $5 million Series A financing of Sentient Energy, Inc.; $22.5 million Series D financing of iControl Networks, Inc.; and $17.55 million Series B financing of Modular Wind Energy, Inc.
  • Represented GreatPoint Energy, Inc. in its March 2012 $400 million Series D financing led by China Wanxiang Holding Co. Ltd.
  • Represented Oxford Bioscience Partners in its December 2011 $20 million Series C financing of Glori Energy, a leader in sustainable, enhanced oil recovery and provider of the AERO (Activated Environment for Recovery of Oil) System. Gentry Venture Partners led the investment. Other investors included Advantage Capital Partners, Energy Technology Ventures (a GE, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips joint venture), GTI Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB), Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund, and the Omzest Group.
  • Represented the former CEO of an energy company in negotiations with respect to the individual’s employment, emergence bonus, and equity agreements in connection with the company’s restructuring.

Representative Clients

  • Advanced Energy Economy
  • Advanced Technology Ventures
  • Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
  • Canaccord Genuity
  • CoalTek
  • EDP Renewables
  • EnerNOC, Inc.
  • First Solar
  • Flagship Ventures
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • GreatPoint Energy
  • HydroPoint Data Systems, Inc.
  • INEOS Bio
  • Luminus Devices, Inc.
  • NanoSteel
  • NECEC Institute
  • Northeast Gateway LNG Project
  • Northeast Utilities
  • Ogin (formerly FloDesign Wind Turbine)
  • RockPort Capital Partners
  • SmartPower
  • SpectraSensors, Inc.

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