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Overview

Rachel is an energy attorney with years of experience permitting energy infrastructure. She also has an inside understanding of client needs.

Rachel focuses her practice on real estate transactions in the renewable energy field, representing sellers, purchasers and developers in all development stages of wind and solar projects, including financing, investing, permitting, property rights acquisition and construction. She advises clients throughout the transaction process on a wide variety of real estate issues, including state and federal permitting requirements and land use rules.

Rachel’s legal career began in-house at a multinational gas and electric utility company where she worked with the permitting and siting team. She discovered a fascination for infrastructure and its role in daily life, and she found great satisfaction in helping ensure that energy services were delivered safely and reliably. Her role required extensive work with local governments and public utility boards on zoning and related matters, and she often represented the company at public hearings across the northeast. She regularly applied for various special permits and state-level siting approvals.

In addition to her legal work, Rachel has also worked on the operations side of the energy business, having served in the field for seven months performing gas leak investigations.

Her years in-house shaped Rachel’s perspective on client service: she knows how important organization and structure is from outside counsel, and she knows that clients need issues resolved quickly, with projects staying on time. She also understands the business and budget concerns that can drive projects.

Rachel is known among clients as reliable, relatable and aware of the business situations behind the legal questions.


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Education

  • J.D., New England Law
  • B.S., Roger Williams University

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri – admission pending

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts


*Rachel works remotely and is licensed in Massachusetts, practicing in Franklin, MA. Contact Rachel via e-mail or phone for in person/virtual meetings.
Experience
  • Assisted with multiple transmission line upgrade projects in Rhode Island that required approval from state Energy Facilities Siting Board.
  • Lead in-house attorney on permitting for interconnection for new off-shore Revolution Wind project to bring in more than 700 MW of wind-generated power.
  • Drafted and filed two amicus briefs to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in support of utility company, with Court ruling in favor of the supported party and citing the brief in its decision.
Outside the Office

When she’s not in the office, you can often find Rachel on skis.

Rachel loves skiing and spends her free time volunteering as a ski patroller. Since 2004, she has served as a member of the National Ski Patrol at Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton, Massachusetts, providing outdoor emergency care to injured skiers. Rachel also tries to visit the mountains any chance she gets. Most recently, Rachel has journeyed to Europe to ski the Austrian Alps.

Rachel also enjoys off-roading in her Jeep Wrangler on New England’s beaches and off-road trails.

Community Leadership

Rachel serves as a pro bono attorney for the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, often representing victims of domestic violence. She has also assisted with the drafting of proposed domestic violence legislation in the state.

After law school, Rachel was instrumental in starting Project M.A.Y.H.E.M.S., working with the founder to establish the nonprofit. The project mobilized and incentivized at-risk youth to stay in school and improve their academic and disciplinary records

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