Thomas R. Burton III

Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Thomas R. Burton III

Thomas R. Burton III

Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Biography

Tom Burton’s zeal for innovation and passion for energy and sustainability have shaped the clean energy industry. He created one of the nation’s first clean energy legal practices. Clients ranging from investors to entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies rely on him for creative and strategic legal solutions, and he has completed hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. He guides the industry’s next generation of leaders through active involvement with start-up organizations and accelerators. The Northeast Clean Energy Council recognized his pioneering role in the Northeast with a Decade of Influence award in 2017.

Tom’s global practice focuses on complex corporate finance matters including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, and securities transactions. He represents high-growth and emerging businesses, including companies in the energy and clean technology, social media and software industries, as well as life science companies, from start-ups to public companies.

In 2004, Tom founded, and currently chairs, the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Practice, which has completed more than 500 transactions across energy sectors totaling over $8.5 billion since 2006. Serving more than 250 clients, spanning the ecosystem from emerging companies to large corporations, venture capital and private equity funds, investment banks, project developers, and family offices, the firm is recognized nationally as a leading law firm in the space. Tom is ranked by Best Lawyers in America in the Corporate Law section, and he is recognized by The Legal 500 United States as “rising to the fore” in energy technology for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies.

On the corporate and securities side, Tom has served as counsel in the structuring and completion of over 400 venture capital and private equity financings, representing both the funds providing the capital and the emerging growth companies seeking funding. His work in this area has raised billions of dollars. He organizes venture capital funds and represents them in their portfolio investments. Tom is also a key contributor to MintzEdge, an online resource for entrepreneurs that includes useful tools and information for starting and growing a company. In addition, he devotes a portion of his practice to counseling social enterprise companies, impact investors, and nonprofit companies.

Tom routinely counsels businesses on their growth and development, advises their boards of directors on corporate governance matters, and participates in an array of transactions, from private and public offerings to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and technology transfer matters. Tom also has experience in advising investment banks in private placements and underwritten public offerings of equity securities, and in their role as financial advisor in mergers and acquisitions.

He applies his background in corporate finance to counsel energy and clean technology companies through all stages of formation, financing, and exits. His energy and clean technology clients span markets such as solar and wind, smart grid and energy efficiency, energy storage, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles, and green buildings.

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Member (Attorney) at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Chair of the Securities Practice Group at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Advisor at Better PT, Inc.

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Chairman at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Member (Attorney)/Managing Member (Attorney), New York Office & Chair, New York Corporate Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Member (Attorney)/Chair, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Member (Attorney)/Chair, Health Law Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Member (Attorney)/Chair, Technology, Communications & Media Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Member (Attorney), Managing Member, DC Office & Chair, Health Law, Communications, Antitrust & Ml Strategies Division at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Thomas R. Burton III
Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Education
JD, Order of Coif
Class of 1996

Boston College Law School was founded in 1929 at 11 Beacon Street in downtown Boston, the first dean, Dennis Dooley, envisioned a law school with a social conscience as well as an analytical mind. From its earliest days, Boston College Law School had a reputation for toughness and high standards. It won accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1932, just three years after its founding, joining the Harvard, Yale, and Boston University law schools as the only ones in New England to attain such a distinction.

BA
Class of 1993

Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

Career History
Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice
Current

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC provides legal services and resources. The company offers services to the communications, education, environmental, health, immigration, public finance, real estate and tax industries. It was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Trustees
2008 - 2014

TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY AUTISM.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$10K - $25K
2018

New England Aquarium Corp. provides ocean exploration and marine conservation. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

$1,000 +
2017

Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

$10K - $15K
2017

New England Aquarium Corp. provides ocean exploration and marine conservation. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Political Donations
$500
2013

Former Senator from Montana

$500
2012

Former Representative from Connecticut's 5th Congressional District

$250
2011

Senator from Washington

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