Richard Kanoff is a Partner in the Energy, Environmental and Real Estate practice groups. He has devoted his career to helping private and public clients understand and navigate the often-complex world of energy, climate change, innovation and technology. Mr. Kanoff helps clients manage regulatory risk, develop projects, secure financing and make decisions. He often appears in regulatory forums and federal courts involving energy infrastructure projects throughout New England.

Mr. Kanoff assists a diverse group of emerging and established private and public companies, start-ups, 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.

Mr. Kanoff consistently works with his clients to promote clean energy solutions and effectively litigate complex matters in support of their efforts to develop renewable energy projects, protect environmental resources, and promote non-fossil alternatives. He also represents clients in complex litigation in regulatory agencies and federal courts, including United States Court of Appeals (1st Circuit), at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and before state energy regulatory commissions in New England.

Representative Experience

  • Counsel to an energy storage company developing a commercial scale energy storage facility in New York.
  • Counsel to an asphalt company in successfully negotiating a contract for the purchase of carbon credits and associated VERRA certification.
  • Counsel to a solar company in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceeding regarding the unreasonable assessment of transmission facility costs for renewable facilities.
  • Counsel to a municipality before the MA Energy Facility Siting Board in opposition to an unnecessary proposed gas pipeline that would transverse the town and significantly impact an adjoining Environmental Justice Community.
  • Counsel to a national solar company in the development, diligence, and financing of approximately 250 MWs of commercial scale solar/storage projects in New England, New York, Maryland, and Georgia.
  • Counsel to a national solar developer with respect to the acquisition and diligence of over 50 MWs of commercial scale solar/storage in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • Counsel to a national solar developer relating to the acquisition of commercial scale solar projects, including a brownfield development, in Massachusetts.
  • Counsel to a national solar developer with respect to multiple projects, including a large roof top project, in Rhode Island.
  • Counsel to a landowner/developer in the proposed development of a roof top project in Rhode Island and in a large-scale 16 MW commercial project in Maine.
  • Counsel to prominent bank in debt financing the development and operation of a roof top solar facilities on a well-known big box retailer in MA; responsible for due diligence, risk assessments, regulatory advice, and transaction documentation.
  • Counsel to a well-known retail grocery chain in its net metering and energy related transactions in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
  • Counsel in transactions regarding the applicability of investment/production tax credits for solar, wind and biomass projects.
  • Counsel to an energy storage company in the development, permitting, leasing, and financing of its energy storage (flywheel) technology.
  • Counsel to numerous landowners in transactions relating to the option/leasing of land for the development of commercial scale solar projects.
  • Counsel to a wind developer in the siting of a wind facility in New Hampshire.
  • Counsel in a matter of first impression before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals with respect to an appeal under the Natural Gas Act for a water quality certification.
  • Counsel defending an injunction and complaint before the United States District Court relating to an ongoing appeal at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Counsel to numerous municipalities and non-profit groups with respect to siting of electric transmission lines and interstate gas pipeline infrastructure in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including representation at proceedings before the MA and NH Siting Boards and before the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts and the Supreme Court in New Hampshire.

Honors & Awards

  • 2023 Go To Environmental/Energy Lawyer, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 2023 
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law and Environmental Law, 2021-2024 
  • National Law Journal, Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2017 

Publications and Speeches

  • Environmental Business Council (“EBC”) Report-Out on the Recommendations of the Massachusetts Commission on Energy Infrastructure Siting and Permitting, hybrid program, member of the planning team and program, June 18, 2024
  • EBC “The ‘Impact’ of Cumulative Impact Analysis on Air Pollution Control in Massachusetts,” Legal Perspectives, webcast, member of the planning team and panelist, May 22, 2024
  • “Clean Energy Infrastructure, Environmental Justice, & Community Needs,” Panelist, July 20, 2023
  • “Energy Storage in Massachusetts,” webcast panelist and co-chair, February 16, 2022
  • “Renewable Energy Project Development and Financing: What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know,” webcast presenter, Real Estate Bar Association, November 17, 2021
  • “DEP findings aren’t ‘final’;1st Circuit jurisdiction fails,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 2017
  • “1st Circ. Bolsters State Powers in Gas Pipeline Reviews,” Law360, March 2017
  • “Appeals court says pipelines must pass state reviews,” The Recorder, March 2017
  • New England Venture Summit, “Funding Clean Tech Innovation,” Speaker, December 2016
  • New England-Canada Business Counsel Roundtable on Clean Energy Resources and Innovation, “How Best to Implement a Balanced Energy Regional Energy Policy,” Moderator, November 2016
  • Andover Gets Aggressive in Gas Pipeline Fight,” Eagle Tribune, February 2, 2016
  • “Coalition of NH Towns Says NED Pipeline Will Cost Ratepayers,” December 5, 2015
  • “Successful Alternate Energy Projects,” Presenter, Real Estate Bar Association, October 2015
  • “Tackling Clean Energy Projects: Risk Management & Future Growth,” Panelist, Boston Bar Association Program, September 2014

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Energy Bar Association 
  • Boston Bar Association 
  • Massachusetts Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association 

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George Washington University, J.D.

  • cum laude

Lafayette College, B.A.

Previous Experience

  • Prince Lobel, Partner
  • Burns & Levinson LLP, Partner 
  • McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton


  • Massachusetts

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