Robert Shapiro

Of Counsel

The team at Duncan & Allen LLP
  • Massachusetts

Rob Shapiro has more than 30 years’ experience in energy, public utility and environmental law in Massachusetts and New England, including extensive work involving renewable technologies. Rob represents generation companies, retail electricity and gas suppliers, and large retail end-use customers in a wide range of state and local regulatory and permitting matters.

Prior to joining Duncan & Allen, Rob was a partner at Rubin and Rudman for more than 20 years, where he represented clients in siting and permitting matters, as well as in regulatory proceedings regarding resource procurement, industry restructuring, energy efficiency, and renewable development and licensing.

As a former General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and former Executive Director and General Counsel to the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), Rob knows how these agencies work and he has a demonstrated track record of helping clients work through the DPU and EFSB processes to obtain favorable outcomes. Rob has appeared extensively before the EFSB in matters involving petitions to construct generating facilities, transmission lines and gas pipelines, and has worked on a wide range of DPU cases, including zoning exemption cases, resource procurement and contract proceedings, energy efficiency matters, and rulemakings. Rob also has experience in contract and tariff matters.

Rob has done significant work on renewable energy matters – representing developers of wind projects in procurement proceedings and helping solar developers, host customers and landowners navigate the complex contractual, interconnection and regulatory requirements associated with solar facilities.

Selected Representations

  • Led successful efforts to obtain EFSB and DPU approvals of proposed generation facilities and transmission lines, including extensive work in Certificate proceedings, Notice of Project Change matters and compliance reviews at EFSB; and in Section 72 proceedings and zoning exemption matters at EFSB and DPU.
  • Represented municipal light departments as intervenors in EFSB and DPU facility siting proceedings.
  • Represented large wind developer in DPU reviews of proposed renewable power sales agreements (PSAs);
  • Represented major competitive supplier in regulatory and policy proceedings at DPU;
  • With Raab Associate and Consensus Building Institute, advised the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) with respect to evaluation of state process for siting energy facilities, i.e., coordinated research and analysis of siting laws and practices in New Hampshire and other jurisdictions.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A.