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Robert L. Dewees, Jr.



Rob Dewees is a retired partner of the firm who currently serves as Counsel in the Energy and Environmental group. He represents New England’s electric and gas utilities, competitive power suppliers, generating companies, renewable energy companies and other entities in the energy industry. He also has represented telecommunications companies.

What do you focus on?

Energy and Environmental

I have represented electric and gas utilities in regulatory, financing, zoning, land use, environmental and permitting cases. I have been involved in regulatory proceedings involving electric industry restructuring and the purchase and sale of generating facilities. I have worked on transmission permitting and construction projects in New England. I have represented competitive power suppliers before several state regulatory commissions.

Renewable Energy

I have represented wind and solar power projects in obtaining regulatory and permitting approvals, on financing matters and in negotiating the purchase and sale of renewable energy assets.

Telecommunications

I have represented wireless and other telecommunications companies, including radio companies, in regulatory, interconnection and general business matters as well as for the siting and construction of telecommunications towers, antennas and similar facilities.

What do you see on the horizon?

The energy business is constantly changing as new technologies develop and local, state and federal regulatory requirements change. Clients must keep ahead of these changes and develop legal strategies that take advantage of these changes.

Representative Experience

  • Represented major New England utility in a high voltage transmission construction project
  • Represented electric and gas utilities in numerous regulatory proceedings, including rate cases, before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
  • Represented wind power developer in permitting approvals for the project and general business issues
  • Represented solar power investment company in acquiring solar projects
  • Represented national electric industry research organization in zoning issues for a transmission research center
  • Represented purchasers of electric generating assets
  • Represented a power plant owner in the restructuring of the plant’s power sale agreements
  • Represented national wireless carrier in zoning and regulatory cases
  • Represented a national home service company in the state utility commission issues 
  • Represented bond holders in the bankruptcy of a national independent power generating company

Conferences

  • Co-Chair, “Renewable Energy in the Northeast,” Law Seminars International Conference (2008 and 2009)
  • Panelist, Law School Admissions Council, Boston Forum, October 2009

Contact

Robert L. Dewees, Jr.

Counsel

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1316


Fax: 617-345-1300

Harvard University, M.P.A.

University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.

Wesleyan University, B.A.

Massachusetts

Rob has received the AV Preeminent® rating for fifteen years from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, its highest peer review rating for professional excellence.

Robert was co-chair of the Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association from 2003–2005. Robert is also a member of the Federal Energy Bar Association, the Federal Communications Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association. Robert serves as a director of the Allen Hilles Fund, a nonprofit community development corporation located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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