Mintz Levin Adds Leading Energy Lawyer and Former Weld Administration Official to Energy Technology and Project Finance Practice

10.14.2014 - Boston, MA

R.J. Lyman Joins as a Member in Boston

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. continues to grow its energy sector capabilities with the addition of R.J. Lyman, one of the country’s leading energy lawyers and the former President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of General Compression, Inc. He joins the firm as a Member of the Energy Technology and Project Finance Practices, bringing an extensive background in corporate transactions and government and regulatory affairs.  Prior to General Compression, Mr. Lyman was an equity partner for over a decade at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he helped establish and lead its Clean Tech and Energy Practice.  He previously served as Assistant Environmental Secretary for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor William F. Weld.

Mr. Lyman deepens the firm’s capabilities in the energy sector with diverse expertise encompassing project finance and development; M&A transactions; intellectual property portfolio protection; equity & debt financing; regulatory policy; and corporate governance. He also has an extensive background working with venture capital and private equity firms in connection with emerging growth companies. 

“With an exceptional depth of industry expertise from an insider’s perspective, R.J. further strengthens our team of talent, extends our national reach and deepens our capabilities in energy technology and project finance and development.” said Thomas R. Burton III, Founder and Chair of the firm’s Energy Technology Practice.  “His experience advising clients, shaping policy and leading and growing a company are invaluable as we continue to expand our nationally leading practice.”

“I am truly pleased and excited to renew my working relationship with R.J.  He was a key leader in my administration’s energy and environmental reforms,” said William F. Weld, former Massachusetts Governor and now a Member of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice and a Principal of its consulting affiliate ML Strategies, LLC. “He has continued ever since to provide real insight to the clients he’s advised and the company he’s led in the heavily regulated energy industry.  He is the kind of lawyer who knows how to make deals, not break deals, and I could not be more pleased to be working together again.”

With capabilities in its offices nationally, Mintz Levin has been listed among the “Top 10 Clean Technology Firms” by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy. The Energy Technology Practice was also has also been recognized by Watershed Capital Group, which ranked it second among top national Clean Technology law firms, and U.S. News & World Report, which listed it as a “Best Law Firm” in Boston and nationally.

“Mintz Levin has earned its reputation of being one of the premier legal and consulting firms for both established companies and entrepreneurs across the energy and clean technology innovation sectors as well as with mature businesses in the renewable and traditional energy sectors,” said Mr. Lyman. “What sets them apart is the firm, along with professionals from its consulting affiliate, ML Strategies, provide clients with a full spectrum of legal, business and regulatory advice and apply that strategic thinking to help companies address their business challenges and achieve their business goals. I cannot imagine a better fit for me.”

Since 2006, Mintz Levin attorneys have closed over 300 transactions in the energy technology sector including: venture capital transactions (representing companies and investors), initial public offerings and follow-on offerings, private placements, M&A deals, technology licensing and joint venture transactions, totaling over $7 billion in transaction value. In addition, the team has handled the development, financing, and construction of hundreds of megawatts of energy generating facilities.

Mr. Lyman graduated cum laude from Harvard College and magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. Among his other professional and personal affiliations, he presently serves on the board of the Woods Hole Research Center, the world’s leading climate change think tank.

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