Summary

Matthew is an associate in the Energy Practice Group. He has a diverse energy law practice, representing Midwestern utility clients in a variety of commercial transactions including:

  • Infrastructure development
  • EPC contracts
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Large generator interconnection
  • Equipment and materials
  • Software agreements
  • Construction services
  • Professional services
  • Utility supply chain

He has worked on matters in all types of generation – renewable, fossil, and nuclear – and has supported the procurement, siting, and regulatory approvals for electric and gas transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Matthew’s representation of utilities in commercial matters is informed by his work on numerous contested cases before public utilities commissions, and he understands how the need for cost recovery must inform utility decisions to achieve efficient outcomes.

Prior to joining Taft, Matthew was an energy attorney in Boston, where he represented clients in proceedings before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Energy Facilities Siting Board.

All Service Areas

Education

  • Boston College Law School (2014)

    J.D.

  • Boston College (2011)

    M.A., Philosophy

  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (2005)

    summa cum laude 

    Salutatorian

Admissions

  • State - Massachusetts
  • State - New York
  • State - Minnesota

Notable Matters

Matthew's experience with contractual matters for electric and gas utilities include:

  1. Capital Projects/Major Supply Agreements
    • EPC agreements (Lead outside counsel)
    • Major supply agreement (Lead outside counsel)
    • Purchase and sale agreement (Co-lead outside counsel)
  1. Wind Farm Decommissioning (Lead outside counsel)
  2. Distribution Extension Policy (Electric and Gas)
    • Develop new form contracts to implement new service-territory policy
    • Participate in related state regulatory proceeding approving tariff revisions
  1. Power Purchase Agreements
    • Participate in negotiation of PPAs for wind-powered energy and capacity
    • Draft PPA amendments for wind facility repowering
  1. Interconnection Issues
    • Participate in revision of Large Generator Interconnection Procedures and related FERC Filing
    • Participate in negotiation of Large Generator Interconnection Agreements
    • Draft multiphase interconnection agreement for state jurisdictional project
  2. MISO Capacity Resource Qualification Matters

  3. Supply Chain Contracting and Contract Administration (leveraging Taft resources for matters requiring additional legal expertise)
    • Research, development and demonstration projects
    • Software agreements
    • Generation station maintenance agreements
    • Professional services agreements
    • Consulting service agreements
    • Contract Administration/Disputes
      • Settlement Negotiations, Contract Interpretation and Technical Specification Compliance (nuclear and “non-nuclear”)
  4. Additional Experience
    • Due diligence for a potential acquisition of energy services company by utility
    • General state regulatory practice
    • Obtain state permits and zoning exemptions for siting and development of electric and gas transmission infrastructure