Jon N. Bonsall is a partner in Keegan Werlin LLP’s governmental and legislative relations practice group, concentrating in the areas of governmental relations, legislative advocacy, and regulatory and public utility law.
A registered lobbyist in the Commonwealth for over thirty years, Mr. Bonsall has represented clients before the Massachusetts Legislature and the Executive Branch on a broad range of issues including taxes, environmental regulation, utility restructuring, energy policy, procurement and finance.
Mr. Bonsall has represented a significant number of energy project developers at all levels of government, including on projects involving interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines, natural gas and coal-fired electric generating facilities, and electric transmission lines.
Mr. Bonsall has structured and implemented a governmental relations strategy that is designed to support a project’s overall permitting efforts. He has provided representation before such entities as the Massachusetts Legislature, state regulatory and policy bodies, the Congressional Delegation, municipal elected officials and local Conservation Commissions.
In addition, he has performed regulatory and permitting due diligence reviews for asset acquisitions of nuclear, oil and coal-fired electric generating facilities.
Mr. Bonsall was elected Chair of SCG Legal (formally the State Capital Global Law Firm Group) for the 2005-2006 term. As an association of approximately 160 independent law firms, SCG Legal members are located in all 50 U.S. state capitals and in business markets and financial centers around the globe. The legal services provided to clients of member firms range from standard business issues and complex transactions to assistance with regulatory and legislative processes. Member firm attorneys work with leading and growing companies in every industry from software and pharmaceuticals to energy and transportation. SCG Legal provides an effective resource for identifying local counsel worldwide. Keegan Werlin is the exclusive Massachusetts member of SCG Legal.
Before joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Bonsall served as State Director for Government Relations for AT&T. Prior he served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Mr. Bonsall also worked for the House Leadership in the Massachusetts Legislature for more than nine years before his term at the Department.