Alicia Barton to Co-Chair Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech Practice

Attorney Returns to Firm After Previously Serving as Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO and MEPA Director

September 19, 2016

Foley Hoag LLP today welcomed the return of Alicia Barton as Co-Chair of the firm’s Energy & Cleantech practice. Barton, who rejoins the firm after spending years as a public sector energy leader in the administrations of Massachusetts governors Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker and as a senior manager at a global renewable energy company, will bolster Foley Hoag's nationally acclaimed practice advising leading innovators, developers, asset owners and investors across the energy and clean technology sectors.

“I look forward to working with the outstanding attorneys in this group as our firm continues to expand its national reach across the rapidly-evolving sectors of energy and clean technology,” said Barton.

Barton will concentrate her practice on regulatory and policy matters, government affairs and strategic advice for energy and clean technology companies, particularly those in emerging and nascent markets. She will also specialize in project development, siting and permitting for renewables and other infrastructure, and in environmental compliance for the energy sector.

At the start of her career, Barton spent five years as an associate in Foley Hoag’s Administrative Law Department and Environmental Practice Group with a specific focus on environmental and energy-related practice areas.

Barton, who joins attorneys Mark Barnett and Kevin C. Conroy as Co-Chair of the firm’s Energy & Cleantech practice, will help firm clients execute and thrive amidst the dynamic landscape currently transforming the energy and clean infrastructure sectors. Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech practice has successfully counseled hundreds of energy and cleantech clients at every stage of their business growth through an array of activities and transactions, including corporate and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, project structuring and finance, energy regulatory and environmental compliance matters, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, tax issues, intellectual property and real estate.

“We are happy to welcome back Alicia, who is a noted figure in the fields of energy and clean technology,” said Adam Kahn, Co-Managing Partner and member of Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech practice. “Her impressive background as a renewable energy development leader in both the private and public sectors equips her with unique skills to advance the needs and goals of our clients.”

Barton most recently served as Chief of Operations for the Global Utility group at SunEdison, LLC, the world’s largest renewable energy development company at the time. In this role, Barton participated in development of utility-scale wind and solar projects in numerous global markets, and she directly managed company-wide teams for wind and solar resource engineering, environmental compliance, energy storage and government affairs and communications.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Barton served as Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly-funded agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. As CEO, Barton led all of MassCEC’s investments, project finance, partnerships and commercial operations across a range of clean energy technologies from solar to offshore wind and beyond.

Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).

In 2015, Barton was named one of the top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 by the Boston Business Journal. She is also the recipient of a Clean Energy Champion Award from the New England Clean Energy Council, and a New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Achievement Award.

Barton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.

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