Before joining the firm, Mr. Stern represented developers and utilities in Vermont regarding the siting of energy generation and transmission facilities, land use and zoning disputes, and civil litigation. In that role, Mr. Stern successfully obtained state permits for the construction of dozens of solar generation facilities, including one of the largest operating solar facilities in Vermont, and the state’s first commercial-scale net metered facility. In addition, he has successfully tried cases concerning civil and land use matters and has represented clients in appellate proceedings before the Vermont Supreme Court. Prior to his work in Vermont, Mr. Stern was a law clerk with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a staff attorney with an environmental non-profit in Philadelphia.
Mr. Stern is a graduate of Vermont Law School, where he earned his J.D., Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Certificate of Energy Law. While there, he was a member of the national moot court competition team and a research associate at the law school’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE). He is the co-author of NERC Today and Tomorrow: Living in the New World of Mandatory Reliability Standards, 148 No. 3 Pub. Util. Fort. 32, (2010) and contributed research regarding the implementation of smart grid technology for a research initiative of the IEE, now published in A Smarter, Greener Grid: forging environmental progress through smart energy policies and technologies, Jones, K. and Zoppo, D. (2014).