BOSTON – Sept. 23, 2022 – David C. Fixler, of counsel in the Boston office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, was a panelist on a Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA) webinar Sept. 21 regarding Tracer Lane II Realty, LLC v. City of Waltham, the first Massachusetts appellate case interpreting the scope of the solar protections contained in M.G.L. c. 40A, Section 3, ninth paragraph. Fixler argued this case of first impression on behalf of the victorious solar developer before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC).
Many large-scale, ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations are being proposed to meet alternative energy needs in the face of a warming climate. With these projects come legal issues and challenges from abutters and municipalities alike, including debates about the scope of zoning protections available to these projects under M.G.L. c. 40A, Section 3. Hosted by REBA’s Land Use & Zoning and Environmental Law Sections, the panel discussed Tracer Lane and the decision’s broader implications for commercial solar development in Massachusetts.
Fixler is of counsel in the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Practice. His practice focuses on assisting energy companies with navigating the complex regulatory landscape that, together with sweeping technological changes, is changing the manner in which electricity is generated, distributed, sold, managed, stored, and consumed in the United States. Fixler has wide-ranging experience representing developers of renewable and traditional energy facilities in permitting, siting, interconnection, zoning, property tax, and other matters in front of regulatory agencies and courts.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Energy & Natural Resources Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Energy & Natural Resources Practice has broad transactional, regulatory, and litigation experience across most sectors of the energy industry, including oil and gas, LNG, electricity, coal, wind, solar and other renewable energy sources, and water. The firm’s exceptional multi-office platform, including key offices in major energy centers, enables us to serve and implement legal strategies for energy clients throughout the U.S. and internationally.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Boston Office: Established in 1999, Greenberg Traurig’s Boston office is home to more than 80 attorneys practicing in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring, corporate, emerging technology, energy, environmental, financial services, gaming, governmental affairs, intellectual property, labor and employment, life sciences and medical technology, litigation, public finance, real estate, and tax. An important contributor to the firm’s international platform, the Boston office includes a team of nationally recognized attorneys with both public and private sector experience. The team offers clients the value of decades of helping clients in complex legal matters and hands-on knowledge of the local business community, supported by the firm’s vast network of global resources.
About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2500 attorneys in 43 locations in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm reported gross revenue of over $2 Billion for FY 2021 and is consistently among the top firms on the Am Law 100, Am Law Global 100, and NLJ 250. On the debut 2022 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard, it is a Top 15 firm. Greenberg Traurig is Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certified Plus by The Diversity Lab and the Center for Resource Solutions Green-e® Energy program certifies that the firm’s U.S. offices are 100% powered by renewable energy. The firm is often recognized for its focus on philanthropic giving, innovation, diversity, and pro bono. Web: www.gtlaw.com.
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