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Energy, Public Utilities, & Administrative Law;

Robert J. Keegan is a founding partner of Keegan Werlin LLP. He is an industry leader in representing electric generators, developers of energy storage and delivery infrastructure, regulated and competitive retail energy providers and large energy users interested in exploring creative procurement strategies.

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Robert J. Keegan

Boston Office

Phone: 617-951-1400
Fax: 617-951-1354

● Administrative Law
● Energy Law
● Public Utilities
● Telecommunications

Bar Admissions
Rhode Island

U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
U.S. District Court District of MA


Mr. Keegan plays golf most days, always somewhere sunny. If not playing golf, Mr. Keegan is an avid reader of history and politics and is actively engaged with family, friends, and clients on a number of pressing matters. Mr. Keegan is always ready to go!  He has advised clients on matters relating to a broad range of regulatory and administrative compliance matters including regulatory approval of mergers and acquisitions and utility rate plans, among other important issues of the day. He has represented clients in adjudicatory and rulemaking proceedings involving rate-setting, pipeline safety, service quality and industry-restructuring issues. Mr. Keegan has also successfully represented several clients in appeals from the administrative record before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  He knows a lot.

Before founding the firm in 1988, Mr. Keegan was appointed by the Governor for two terms as a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities from 1983 to 1988. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr. Keegan was Deputy Regional Counsel at the United States Department of Energy, 1979 to 1982.

He has also served as Special Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts, 1990-1991; Consultant, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Energy Law Institute, 1982-1983; Senior Trial Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, 1976-1979; and Trail Attorney, Massachusetts Defenders Committee, 1973-1975.


Mr. Keegan is a proud double-eagle, 1970 vintage/Boston College and Boston College Law School

Image by American Public Power Association


NSTAR Electric Company v. Department of Public Utilities, 462 Mass. 381, 2011

Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company d/b/a Unitil, 460 Mass. 800, 2011

Southern Union company d/b/a New England Gas Company v. Department of Public Utilities, 458 Mass. 812, 2010

Published Works

A Market-Based Approach to PURPA (Co-Author with Paul Levy) American Bar Association Natural Resources and Environment, (Spring, 1987)

Institutional Obstacles to ISDN Development International Council for Computer Communications, (September, 1987)

Competitive Bidding: The New England Experience Public Utilities Papers, (1987)

Options for Modifying Rate Base Regulation (Co-Author with Paul Levy) Public Utilities Papers, (1986)

Memberships & Associations

Subcommittee, Relations with the Federal Energy Regulation Committee, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, 1987-1988

Member, Gas Committee, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners,1985-1988

Member, Advisory Council, Gas Research Institute, 1985-1988


Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., 1973

Awards:  Recipient, John F. Cremens Award, 1941
Student President, Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, 1972-1973

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, B.S. Finance, cum laude, 1968

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