Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

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  • 1 Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
  • 617.542.6000

Our attorneys are no-nonsense, get-to-the-root-of-the-problem kind of people. If there’s a faster way to get there, we’ll find it. It’s our job to give you clear answers and sound solutions.

We focus on what matters to you — whether it’s overcoming a legal challenge, taking your business to the next level, or having a trusted partner for ongoing legal advice. Think of us as an extension of your team with the legal know-how, connections, and industry experience to safeguard your interests.

It’s also our job to make sure you are meeting the people you need to know. We have a network of some of the sharpest business leaders, money people, and legal minds on the planet. Our attorneys are always looking for ways to leverage our resources on clients’ behalf.

We help you move your agenda forward and deal effectively and efficiently with obstacles that come between you and your goals. Responsive, aggressive problem-solving is a Mintz Levin hallmark and the foundation of the firm’s success and growth since 1933.


Pro bono service is part of our professional responsibility as members of the bar. More importantly, serving those in need is a tradition that began in the 1930s with the firm’s founders.

Benjamin Levin, Haskell Cohn, and Herman Mintz, all of whom came from humble beginnings, took seriously their obligation to contribute to the greater good. Richard Mintz, a partner in the firm who died in 2011, recalled his father saying, “It’s amazing that I’ve gotten to where I am today…. I have a responsibility to give back.”

And it’s a testament to the firm’s founders and our pro bono commitment that we’ve received numerous awards for our efforts doing what we consider an honor to do.

We focus on a range of issues and assist multiple charitable and civic organizations. Our attorneys and Summer Associates work on matters regarding domestic violence and sexual assault, political asylum and immigration, affordable housing and homelessness, human rights, nonprofit incorporation assistance, bankruptcy, low-income entrepreneurs, environmental protection, and civil rights.

Attorneys at Mintz Levin have the infrastructure that permits and encourages pro bono service. The firm-sponsored Pro Bono Program is overseen by the Pro Bono Chair and the Pro Bono Committee. What’s more, the firm is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Pro Bono Challenge, committing the firm to dedicate 3% of its billable hours to pro bono matters.


As the global appetite for energy continues to grow, so does the demand to change the way it is delivered and consumed. Adapting to this changing environment presents significant challenges and opportunities. Whether you are developing a new energy technology, already producing power, or pioneering ways to make more efficient use of existing resources, you need an attorney who knows the industry and has deep experience guiding businesses like yours through financial milestones, regulatory hurdles, and other critical issues and opportunities.

As the first law firm in the eastern United States to build a dedicated energy and clean technology practice group, Mintz Levin has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top law firms in the sector. Our industry-leading attorneys focus on the convergence of technology and industry in regulated markets and provide services at that intersection. We lead the field in completing clean tech public offerings and our experience in venture capital and private equity, bond finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions is unmatched. Having experience at the crossroads of the investment, traditional energy, and clean tech industry means we also handle government funding, environmental, land use, real estate, intellectual property, litigation, and legislative and regulatory matters.

Whether you are an investor, a traditional energy provider, or a clean technology entrepreneur, we have the critical insight needed to help you create, execute, implement, and succeed at your business goals.

Project & Infrastructure Permitting
Mintz Levin attorneys have developed effective permit strategies and secured all needed state, federal, and local environmental permits and approvals for a wide range of major projects. These include energy projects, solid and hazardous waste management facilities, industrial facilities, regional shopping centers and industrial office parks, numerous major downtown developments in Boston and elsewhere, waterfront industrial and recreational / residential developments, and subsidized housing developments. Many of these projects have required coordination of multiple environmental reviews and advocacy before many different forums, facing varying standards and procedural requirements as well as intense agency and public scrutiny. In the context of this diverse array of projects, we have established a clear track record of successful permitting of complex, highly visible, and often controversial and contested projects.

Mintz Levin environmental attorneys have effectively represented such projects in hearings before local zoning boards, health boards, and conservation commissions, and in adjudicatory appeals before the Department of Environmental Protection. Our regular appearances before environmental regulatory agencies, on behalf of public and private project proponents, together with the senior-level public sector background of several of our attorneys gives us extensive knowledge of agency policies and approval processes. We are skilled at assisting clients in anticipating and addressing agency concerns.

Pioneering Innovations in Financing
Our Energy & Clean Technology Practice is driving progressive change in the project finance arena, including the development of cutting-edge public-private financing mechanisms. Mintz Levin was integral in the creation and development of the bond financing program that was recently adopted in the USDA’s 9003 loan guarantee program for biofuels projects. The program uses credit-enhanced corporate debt from project companies in lieu of commercial debt — providing an interest rate that is up to 2% lower, a tenor of 15 to 25 years, and terms that are unavailable to developers relying exclusively on commercial debt. The program is expected to play a critical role in opening up the debt market to biofuels companies in need of financing.

Quick Facts

– Served as legal counsel to GreatPoint Energy in the top greentech VC deal of 2012, according to Greentech Media
– First law firm in the eastern United States to build a dedicated clean technology practice and to combine capabilities in emerging technology representation, project finance and development, and government relations to help clients pursue their goals
– 35 years of experience in energy / renewable energy project finance worldwide, including 30 years of financing such projects through US government loan guarantees, loans, and grants
– Combined knowledge of 40+ industry-leading attorneys and other professionals
– 30 years of experience in taking emerging technology, including energy tech, companies public
– 300+ deals completed, totaling over $7 billion, in the energy and clean tech sector since 2006
– Ranked in the “Top Ten Clean Technology Firms” by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy (2013)

Areas of Focus

Corporate and securities
– China partnerships, strategic investments, and licensing
– Mergers and acquisitions
– Partnerships, joint ventures, strategic alliances, collaborations and licensing
– Private placements
– Securities offerings and compliance
– Venture capital and emerging companies

Domestic and international project development and finance
– Commercial loan and bond finance
– Corporate and tax structuring
– Equity fundings
– Government fundings

Environmental counseling

Domestic and international tax structuring

Intellectual property and licensing

Government relations

Real estate

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