Thomas R. Burton, III, Chair of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.’s Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group, has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s 2009 “40 Under 40” list. The 12th annual award recognizes outstanding and up-and-coming corporate and civic leaders of the greater Boston area under the age of 40. This year’s honorees will be recognized at an event on October 1 at the Park Plaza Hotel.
Mr. Burton founded the firm’s Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group in 2004, which has grown to include over a dozen dedicated attorneys in all of the firm’s offices, representing more than 175 clients. Since 2006, the group has completed over 100 deals – 35 of which were completed last year alone. Mr. Burton regularly represents emerging-growth clean tech companies, as well as larger established public companies. He has been involved in the formation, financing and sales of numerous companies in markets such as solar, wind smart grid, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles and green building, among others. Among the many notable client transactions, EnerNOC, Inc., a first of its kind demand side electricity management company, staged the most successful cleantech IPO of 2007, with Mr. Burton leading a team of Mintz Levin attorneys in the $97 million transaction. His team recently assisted EnerNOC close on its third public offering, raising over $78 million to further the company’s growth.
“Tom had a vision for the role that this firm could play in the growing energy and clean technology industry long before any major law firm dedicated resources to the space, and he turned it into the leading national practice group that you see today,” said Robert I. Bodian, Managing Member of the firm. “He applies this same passion and drive to his work in the community, both in the industry and for a number of charitable organizations.”
Outside of the firm, Mr. Burton has devoted his time to developing a clean tech “cluster” in the region, along with many other civic causes. He was instrumental in the formation of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), and now serves as its general counsel on a pro bono basis. Several years ago he co-founded a breakfast group which meets regularly with the goal of facilitating leadership, public service of community involvement; the group was recently featured in Boston Magazine’s power issue. As a Boston College Law School alumni board member, he assisted in the development and implementation of a first of its kind alumni mentoring program. He is also a board member of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and serves on the advisory committee of YouthCare, a therapeutically based program that focuses on helping children develop social skills.
Mr. Burton earned his law degree magna cum laude from Boston College Law School and received his bachelor of arts cum laude from Boston College.
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