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Burns & Levinson Partners Sean Coffey and Richard Kanoff Named to “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers” List by The National Law Journal

June 5, 2017

Burns & Levinson announced today that Sean Coffey and Richard Kanoff, partners in the firm’s Energy & Clean-Tech group, have been named to the “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers” list by The National Law Journal. According to NLJ, each of the attorneys recognized have “shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.” Sean Coffey heads Burns & Levinson’s Providence office. For more than 20 years, he has led the development of public-private partnerships to assist state and local governments to build new and upgraded water and wastewater plants, specialized higher education facilities, public and charter schools, and transportation and energy facilities. Coffey served the former Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources as staff counsel and assisted in the development of legislation creating the Department of Environmental Management where he served as legal counsel and chief legal counsel from 1977 to 1983. He served as a Rhode Island State Senator from Providence’s Second District from 1985 to 1991. The NLJ noted his “cooperative approach to assisting different constituencies and government agencies.” Coffey’s energy practice also involves assisting private investors in gaining permits for hydroelectric projects, and NLJ singled out his representation of “the major investors in the Deepwater Wind Project—the first ever offshore wind project in the United States.” Richard Kanoff has devoted his career to helping private and public clients understand and navigate the often complex world of energy, climate change, innovation and technology. As chair of Burns & Levinson’s Energy and Clean-Tech group, Kanoff works with a diverse group of emerging and established private and public companies, startups, non-profits, individuals, and municipalities and focuses on renewable energy and clean technology law, regulatory policy and litigation including permitting, siting, finance, regulatory compliance, project development and transactional matters. The NLJ noted Kanoff’s involvement in opposing the Tennessee Pipeline Northeast, which was “canceled largely because of opposition of cities and states providing evidence that the project was too costly and unnecessary.” Another win in ongoing litigation against Tennessee Pipeline in the First Circuit Court of Appeals set new national precedent.

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