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Katy E. Ward

Contract Attorney

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Katy practices in the Environmental Law and Corporate and Securities Practices. Her environmental law practice includes representing clients in environmental litigation in state and federal court; counseling clients on compliance, enforcement and permitting under federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations; and advising potential buyers, sellers and related parties in a variety of complex corporate and real estate transactions.

Katy’s corporate practice focuses in part on the venture capital space, representing both venture capital firms and startups and emerging companies, including those in the life sciences and energy and clean technology sectors. Her practice also includes intellectual property and technology licensing in the life science, technology, and healthcare sectors. Katy is active in Boston’s diverse start-up community, advising and mentoring entrepreneurs on both legal and business challenges. Katy is also part of the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Practice, which has completed more than 500 transactions across energy sectors totaling over $7.5 billion since 2006.

Katy is active in pro bono work. She is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono committee and co-director of the Mintz’s Housing Court Program and has advised non-profit organizations on a range of issues, including formation, federal and state tax-exempt status and governing documents. Katy also participates in Mintz’s Domestic Violence Program, arguing an appeal of a denial of a restraining order before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the single justice session of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Prior to joining Mintz, Katy worked as a legal intern at a national firm in New York in their corporate environmental practice group. She was also worked in the City of Boston’s Office of Environment, Energy & Open Space as a Rappaport Fellow.


Mintz Levin is thrilled to sponsor the Seventh Annual New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Gala on April 6, 2017, at the Boston Park Plaza.
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The United States is experiencing a period of rapid growth in the solar industry, and Fraunhofer TechBridge looks to enhance and continue through its SunRISE TechBridge Challenge to Realize Innovation in Solar Energy.
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Are you working on or interested in advanced surface technologies? Look no further than the TechBridge Challenge on Advanced Industrial Surfaces! In collaboration with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Fraunhofer TechBridge is using this Challenge to accelerate the development of new material formulations.
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Join the Mintz Levin team at the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Annual Meeting and Fall Fête on November 17, 2015 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. at the Algonquin Club of Boston. 
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EPA held a public meeting on June 11, 2015 on EPA’s Proposed Rule imposing one-time electronic reporting and recordkeeping requirements on manufacturers and processors of certain nanoscale materials under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
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On Thursday, June 23, the New England Women in Energy and Environment is hosting its first annual “Women in Energy and the Environment Shaping the Agenda” Panel Series from 5:30-8:30pm at the MIT Sloan School of Management. National Grid, Robinson and Cole, NextEra Energy, and Mintz Levin are sponsoring the event.
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In its first step towards regulating nanoscale materials, EPA plans to impose a one-time electronic reporting and recordkeeping requirement under TSCA on manufacturer (“manufacturer” is defined to include importers) and processors of particles ranging from 1-100 nanometers and exhibiting unique characteristics due to their size.
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On April 6, 2015, EPA published a long-awaited Proposed Rule imposing one-time electronic reporting and recordkeeping requirements on manufacturers and processors of certain nanoscale materials under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
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On Monday, April 13, The Alliance for Business Leadership hosted “Embracing the Future: The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy” at Mintz Levin’s Boston office.
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The New England Women in Energy and the Environment's 2014 Annual Meeting and Second Annual Autumn Extravaganza will be on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Blu.
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Recognition & Awards

  • Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award (2015)

  • Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leaders Program (May 2014-Present)

  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Massachusetts Bar Association "Excellence in Pro Bono" Award (2014)

  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star: Environmental Litigation list (2013 - 2020)

  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Civil Rights Recognition Award (2011)

  • Mintz received the Acquisition International Legal Award for “US Environmental Law Firm of the Year” (2011, 2012, 2013)

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  • Board of Directors and Programming Chair, New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE)
  • Co-Chair, Women’s Bar Association, Legislative Policy Committee and Appointments Awards & Endorsements Committee
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council
  • Advisory Board, Young Professionals in Energy (YPE)
  • Member, refuel
  • Member, Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston
  • Boston Leadership Team, One Acre Fund
  • Mentor, Cleantech Open Northeast (2011 - 2013)
  • Former Member, ACLU of Massachusetts' Amicus Club Organizing Committee
  • Former Co-chair, Boston Bar Association Real Estate Section, Real Estate Public Service Committee
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