Zachary Gerson

Associate - Boston

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617.832.1247

617.832.7000

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Clients rely on Zach Gerson for his experience providing regulatory and strategic advice on environmental, cleantech, and energy matters. Zach advises developers of renewable and conventional energy projects and owners of existing generation facilities on the opportunities and obligations that flow from the dynamic legal and regulatory landscape in the energy and cleantech space. He also regularly represents clients before administrative bodies, including public utility commissions, and in litigation in state and federal courts. Zach is a member of the firm’s Energy & Cleantech practice group and a regular contributor to the Energy & Cleantech Counsel blog.

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Education:

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S. Ed., 2006
  • Stanford University, B.A., with honors, 2004

Representative Experience

  • Represented the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in the adjudicatory proceedings wherein the Department of Public Utilities approved utilities’ long-term contracts to purchase energy from the Cape Wind project.
  • Represents an electronics component manufacturer in litigation against numerous insurers arising out of environmental contamination at numerous sites in multiple states.
  • Represented the U.S. Department of Energy in assessing litigation risks associated with a potential loan guarantee to a renewable energy project.
  • Represents a chemical manufacturer in claims against a prior owner arising out of PCB contamination found at a manufacturing facility in West Virginia.
  • Successfully represented the owner of a combined cycle cogeneration facility in obtaining approvals necessary to modify that facility and implement new cooling technology.
  • Represents the owner of a Massachusetts manufacturing facility seeking recovery of environmental remediation costs under M.G.L. c. 21E.
  • Represents solar PV installers in adjudicatory proceedings before the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians.
  • Represents a developer of wind energy projects with respect to noise disputes.
  • Represented the proponent of a generation alternative to a proposed, new transmission line in proceedings before the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board.
  • Successfully defended a non-profit social justice organization against defamation lawsuit arising out of that organization’s social justice advocacy.
  • Successfully defended a non-profit organization in an arbitration dispute brought under the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association.
  • The Unrealized Authority of the Fish and Wildlife Service to Protect National Wildlife Refuges from Surface Disturbance due to Private Mineral Rights, 29 STAN. ENVTL. L.J. 181 (2010)

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Honors

  • Managing Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review
  • Article Editor, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

Involvement

  • Boston Bar Association, Environmental Section
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Panelist, "Navigating Net Metering in Massachusetts: Practical Advice for Lawyers," Boston Bar Association CLE Program (June 2013)
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