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Paul H. Dickerson

Of Counsel

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Paul has spent over two decades helping venture capital and private equity-backed portfolio companies across numerous industries commercialize their businesses.

Paul's work in energy includes having served as the Chief Operating Officer for the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). While overseeing the EERE's $2 billion budget, he managed the international commercialization of advanced energy solutions like biofuels, solar, wind, and efficiency technologies. He also served as Chief of Staff for the United States and Foreign Commercial Service at the US Department of Commerce. While at the Commerce Department, Paul was responsible for day-to-day management of the Commercial Service's worldwide network of 1,700 employees in 260 offices and for directing the implementation of the Commercial Service's worldwide priorities and policies.

Prior to joining Mintz, Paul served as a partner in an international law firm, where he founded that firm's energy technology practice in 2008.

A certified public accountant with licenses under FINRA, Paul has published numerous articles and frequently appears on the media circuit discussing energy, politics, business, private equity, and other matters relevant to international trade.


  • South Texas College of Law (JD, magna cum laude)
  • University of Texas - Austin (BBA, Accounting)


As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.
Paul Dickerson and Tom Burton wrote an article published on Monday in the Houston Chronicle regarding the current fundamental change in the global energy landscape as well as the importance of energy diversity.

Political and Economic Conditions Shaping America’s Energy Future

November 16, 2015 | Blog | By Paul Dickerson

America’s 10 year energy resurgence exhibits the difficulty of prediction. Unexpected global events, from the persistence of the U.S. fracking revolution to the impact (or lack thereof) of low natural gas prices on the business case for renewable exergy, have fundamentally transformed America’s energy standing.

Energy Alternatives Hold Their Own – What Does This Mean For You?

April 28, 2015 | Blog | By Paul Dickerson, Thomas Burton

Despite downward pressure on oil and gas prices in recent years, solar, wind, and other alternative energy forms have maintained their popularity. In a recent article on, Mintz Levin’s Tom Burton and Paul Dickerson discuss where this energy market trend stems from.

Applications for 2015 SURGE Program Now Open

August 22, 2014 | Blog | By Sahir Surmeli, Paul Dickerson

On behalf of our friends and partners at SURGE Accelerator, Mintz Levin is excited to share that the application for the Spring 2015 SURGE Program is now open for prospective enrollees.

2014 U.S. Department of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

June 18, 2014 | Blog | By Thomas Burton, Sahir Surmeli, Paul Dickerson, David Leiter

Mintz Levin is proud to have hosted the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) 2014 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. For the third consecutive year, Mintz Levin hosted the first day of the two-day competition at its Washington, D.C. office.

Highlights from the Clean-Tech Law Alert

May 13, 2014 | Blog | By Paul Dickerson

In the latest edition of Clean-Tech Law Alert published by Clean Edge, Mintz Levin lawyers and members of our ML Strategies government relations team provide insights on energy topics.
Sean McLernon of Law360 recently published an article on the funding environment facing all renewable energy sources in the United States in light of the spread of hydraulic fracturing and the accompanying drop in natural gas prices.

Start-Up Accelerators: What You Need to Know

May 6, 2014 | Article | By Paul Dickerson

Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report: Key Trends Emerging from 2013

April 8, 2014 | Blog | By Thomas Burton, Sahir Surmeli, Paul Dickerson, Audrey Louison

Mintz Levin is proud to be a part of the Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report. The annual report, now in its 13th year, provides substantive data analysis of happenings in the cleantech marketplace and insights into issues which will be impactful in the near future.

News & Press

Mintz Member Thomas Burton III and Paul Dickerson, former COO for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency, authored this Houston Chronicle article on the lasting and growing presence of renewable energy in the United States.



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