Energy & Sustainability Matters, which is recognized by Lexblog as among the top 5 energy blogs in the AM Law 200, is your source for the latest legal, financing, and policy developments in energy and sustainability. The blog’s contributors include Mintz Levin attorneys and government relations professionals from ML Strategies, our consulting affiliate, who offer their insight into energy and sustainability news, changing regulations, and events domestically and internationally.

Mintz Levin is one of the first law firms in the United States to establish a dedicated clean technology practice. Today, Mintz Levin leads the field in clean tech IPOs, and is one of the only law firms that counts its Energy & Sustainability Practice among its top industry practices. The team has completed 500+ deals, totaling over $7.5 billion in the energy and sustainability sector since 2006. Mintz Levin was ranked a Top 10 Clean Technology Firm by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy, #2 nationally for clean tech law firms by Watershed Capital Group, and the firm was listed as a Best Law Firm for clean tech by U.S. News & World Report, both in Boston and nationally.

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Tom Burton

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Tom is Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy & Sustainability Practice, which he founded in 2004. A Member in the firm’s Boston office, he focuses his practice on representing emerging-growth and established energy and clean tech companies. He counsels these companies on growth and development, advises their boards of directors, and represents them in transactional matters, including private and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and technology transfers.

Tom organizes venture capital funds and represents VC funds in portfolio investments. He has helped clients with the formation, financing, and sales of numerous companies involved in markets such as solar and wind, smart grid and energy efficiency, energy storage, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles, and green buildings. Tom was part of the original team to launch the first clean tech industry association in Massachusetts (and the country) — Northeast Clean Energy Council. He has also recognized by The Legal 500 United States as “rising to the fore” in energy technology for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies. In addition, Tom is listed among the “Top 100 Cleantech & Renewables Lawyers” by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy, and he is also ranked among the “Top 100 People Shaping Cleantech on Twitter.”



Sahir Surmeli

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Sahir is Co-chair of the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Practice. A Member in the firm, he practices in the Boston office. Sa is a highly skilled and versatile business counselor who advises companies, boards, entrepreneurs, investment banks and venture and private equity investors, as they build and grow companies. He handles public offerings, 144A and private financings, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Sa guides public and private companies and investors, primarily in the energy and sustainability, technology, materials science, hospitality, retail and life sciences industries. Known as a problem-solver, Sa executes transactions with creative structures to address new opportunities in finance and development of new markets by clients in partnership with global corporations. He also helps entrepreneurs secure financing, commercial agreements and partnerships. Sa has worked on a wide variety of capital-raising projects, including equity, debt, syndicated loan, strategic investment and structured finance offerings, with aggregate proceeds of more than $10.6 billion.

Sa is listed among the “Top 100 Cleantech & Renewables Lawyers” by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy, and he is also ranked among the “Top 100 People Shaping Cleantech on Twitter.” He was also named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Sa regularly speaks and writes about emerging clean technology matters.



Paul Dickerson

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Paul is Of Counsel in the firm and is based in the Washington, DC office. A certified public accountant as well as an attorney, Paul served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the US Department of Energy. His public service also includes serving as the Chief of Staff for the United States and Foreign Commercial Service at the US Department of Commerce. Paul frequently writes and speaks about energy, politics, business, private equity, and international trade.


Audrey Louison


Audrey is a Member in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments in the power industry. Her clients include developers, investors, owners, lenders, utilities, supply companies, trading companies, and manufacturers. Audrey manages complex commercial transactions and advises clients on project development and finance, sales and acquisitions, and equity investments for renewable energy, coal, oil, and natural gas projects and for commercial real estate.


Neal Martin

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Neal is Senior Manager of Government Relations at ML Strategies in Washington, DC. He focuses on issues related to clean energy, federal appropriations, trade, and transportation and infrastructure. His clients include clean energy start-ups, large companies, and nonprofits. Neal advises clients on public policy and federal funding opportunities and helps increase his clients’ visibility and influence with decision makers at the congressional and federal agency levels. Before joining ML Strategies, Neal served as a legislative assistant to US Sen. Max Cleland, and worked on issues including appropriations, the environment, natural resources, international relations, trade, historic preservation, and smart growth.


David O’Connor

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David is Senior Vice President for Energy & Clean Technology for ML Strategies and is based in the Boston office. He focuses on helping energy and clean tech companies expand their markets and accelerate their growth. His advises clients that deliver energy efficiency services; develop wind, biomass, and other renewable power plants; install transmission and smart grid technologies; and bring new low-carbon fuels and offsets to the marketplace.

Before joining ML Strategies, he served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy Resources from 1995 through 2007. He developed and managed many of the state’s energy policies and programs, including implementing the first-ever standards for renewable energy use and renewable certificate trading in New England. He also oversaw the operation by electric and gas utilities of energy-efficiency programs, and he was part of the Massachusetts team that negotiated the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the first-ever multistate agreement to limit carbon emissions from power plants. David currently serves on the board of the Environmental Business Council of New England, the Policy Committee of the New England Clean Energy Council, and the Governing Board of the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership.


Gabriel Schnitzler

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Gabriel is a Member in the firm’s San Francisco office. He works with energy clients in the acquisition, leasing, sale, and development of properties, and has assisted commercial lenders in the financing of office and multifamily projects. He is a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.