Richard provides legal services to a wide range of municipalities and local governments in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and throughout the upper Midwest. His primary focus is energy law, but his practice extends to all areas of municipal utility service, including water, wastewater, broadband and telecommunications, as well as municipal finance. Richard advises clients on utility asset transfers, power supply and power purchase agreements, renewable energy project development, construction agreements, intergovernmental agreements, sustainability (“green”) practices, brownfield redevelopment and regulatory compliance. Richard serves as general counsel for four municipal electric joint action agencies (JAAs) and two intergovernmental commissions. He specializes in advising JAAs in formation and governance issues. 

In the area of municipal finance, Richard has served as Issuer’s Counsel on publicly traded utility revenue bond issuances. He also has significant experience on the lender side and regularly advises the Wisconsin Bankers Association on both general obligation and revenue loans to local governments. 

Richard has appeared frequently before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and is licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Richard has served as chair of Boardman Clark’s Executive Committee since 2014, and is also a member of the firm’s Idea Group.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota

Representative Work

  • Assisted City of Rochelle to obtain federal regulatory approval to become a transmission owner in a regional transmission organization
  • Negotiated wind and solar power purchase agreements on behalf of Great Lakes Utilities, the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group, and Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
  • Represented City of Marshfield in successful application for PSCW certificate of authority to construct a 55 MW combustion turbine
  • Assisted a group of 13 municipal utilities transfer transmission assets to the American Transmission Company in exchange for ownership interests
  • Negotiated a multi-million dollar environmental liability transfer agreement on behalf of Kaukauna Utilities

Representative Clients

  • Great Lakes Utilities
  • Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency
  • Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group
  • Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
  • Western Wisconsin Biosolids Facility Commission
  • Winnebago County Landfill Gas Facility
  • City of Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Manitowoc Public Utilities
  • City of Rochelle, Illinois
  • City of St. Charles, Minnesota

Honors & Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013-present

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Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Co-author, “Municipal Utility Governance: Options and Responsibilities,” Municipality March 2020
  • Presenter, Municipal Law Update, Public Utilities Institute March 2020
  • Presenter, Aligning Market Outcomes with State Policy Goals and Consumer Preferences”, Renewable Energy in the Midwest Conference, 2018
  • Presenter, “Bringing Solar to Your Community: Recent Success Stories and What Local Governments Can Do,” Wisconsin League of Municipalities Attorneys Institute, 2017
  • Author, “Sun Cities: How Wisconsin Communities Can Invest in the New Solar Economy,” Municipality, 2016
  • Presenter, Wisconsin Regulatory Update, Midwest Renewable Energy Conference, 2016
  • Presenter, A Primer on Intergovernmental Cooperation, Wisconsin League of Municipalities Attorneys Institute, 2013
  • Panelist, “Engaging Employees in Sustainability,” Sustainability Summit and Exposition, 2013
  • Co-Author, Renewable Energy Committee Report, Energy Law Journal, 2009 and 2010
  • Presenter, “Sustainable Communities – Energy Initiatives,” Wisconsin League of Municipalities panel presentation, 2008

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Board Member
  • Sustain Dane, Board Member
  • Sustainable Madison Committee, 2010-2019
    • Ad hoc subcommittee for private sector in development of Madison Sustainability Plan, 2010-2011
  • Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, Chair of Board of Directors
  • Department of Natural Resources Energy/Environment, Fact Finding Delegation to Germany, 2002
  • Department of Natural Resources Non-point Redesign Outreach Advisory Committee, Stakeholder Representative, 2001

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
    • Energy and Telecommunications Section
    • Environmental Law Section
  • Energy Bar, Member, Renewable Energy and Climate Change Committee
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor in Chief, Wisconsin Law Review
  • Ph.D., German and Social Thought, University of Chicago
    • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Federal Chancellor Scholar
    • Mellon Fellow in the Humanities
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Brown University

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