BCK Law, P.C. is a Firm concentrating in transactional, regulatory and corporate law. While the Firm practices in many different fields, we place a special emphasis on energy, environmental/land use, construction, employment, new media and commercial law and arbitration/mediation services. Our clients include businesses of every size (including entrepreneurial and technology start-ups); cities, towns, counties, regional compacts and state governments; environmental and other non-profit organizations and individuals. Firm attorneys are admitted to practice before all Massachusetts state and federal courts, as well as state and federal courts in Idaho, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. Our alternative dispute resolution services are worldwide.
We pride ourselves on our personal service and responsiveness to our clients' needs, our ability to cost- effectively attain our clients' objectives, and our background in a wide range of legal issues despite our relatively small size. We bring a nimble and thoughtful approach that combines sound lawyering, deep knowledge of the energy and environmental industry from both a private and governmental perspective and decades of administrative and judicial litigation experience. The Firm's attorneys and staff make extensive use of advanced technologies and have a virtual private network linking the Firm's principal office in Greater Boston to satellite offices in Woodstock, Vermont and Ketchum, Idaho as well as to home offices maintained by Firm principals; we also use a wide variety of digital media to enhance our representation of clients.
The Firm helps in the formation of the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, Inc., an entity designed to bring local clean, renewable energy to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.
BCK moves to new offices in Waverley Oaks Office Park, Waltham, off Interstate 95.
BCK helps to devise and implement an innovative "Brownfields" (contaminated land) redevelopment plan for the City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority. Firm lawyers spend several years representing the City of Pittsfield in negotiating a mediated settlement with General Electric Company regarding PCB contamination in the city and the Housatonic River.
The Firm installs its first network, replacing the "sneaker-net" system of hand carrying floppy disks between users. The first server's name has been lost in the mists of antiquity (as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes would say) but after giving its first two servers street names like Boylston and Dartmouth, all subsequent servers get musical monikers like "Schubert," "Lennon" and "Sun Ra."
The Firm establishes a Mountain States office in Hailey, Idaho based on telecommuting before anyone knew the word: dial-up internet and long distance rates of twenty cents per minute plus.
CVEC successfully installed 28 megawatts of photovoltaics (PV). The CVEC PV projects range from large PV arrays covering entire capped landfills to smaller arrays on the roofs of schools, police stations and town halls. The 6.7 MW Town of Barnstable's Airport PV project is the largest solar farm located in New England, with the combined project spanning adjoining Barnstable Airport and Barnstable Fire District properties.
The Firm acquires a share of Red Sox season tickets on the third base side. Tickets cost about eight dollars a seat/game.
BCK is founded (under another name) by Jeff Bernstein in a small office near Old Boston City Hall. Deciding that technology will give the small firm a leg-up and the ability to transact business with and litigate in cases involving much larger firms, BCK purchases an IBM PC with a 64K floppy drive and printer for $5,200, or about $12,500 in today's dollars. The Firm's early adaptation of case management software makes litigation with hundreds of thousands of documents feasible.
The Firm begins to work with Barnstable County in the establishment of the Cape Light Compact. The Compact is the first municipal electricity aggregation in Massachusetts and an innovative intergovernmental partnership of twenty-one Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard Towns and the two counties.
The Firm moves its main office out of downtown Boston to the Back Bay near the Boston Public Library and Copley Square park.
The Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in eighty-six years. Most Firm lawyers and staff are ecstatic although a few Yankees fans at BCK are crestfallen.
The Firm moves out of Boston to the Gateway Center in Newton.
Snowmageddon. Boston is crippled by record snowfalls of over 108 inches and shuts down for days on end. BCK's virtual private network operates smoothly although snowbound Firm lawyers and staff do experience the same cabin fever that afflicts the entire region. BCK's Mountain States office paradoxically reports early spring weather at the same time.
The Firm represents the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the Sierra Club in opposition to a coal-fired power plant which would have added massive particulate emissions and acid deposition into Southern Vermont and the Berkshires. The plant was ultimately cancelled.
BCK serves as counsel to the Vineyard Conservation Society, a Martha's Vineyard environmental advocacy and conservation nonprofit in its successful battle to stop the Nobnocket shopping center – a large, out of character, development which would have significantly damaged local merchants, disrupted Vineyard traffic and the special local character of the island.
BCK Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. is established to provide arbitration and mediation services in construction, employment, commercial, business and consumer cases. Firm principal Stacey L. Cushner, Esq. becomes President of this new corporation.
The Firm establishes a virtual office in Vermont and helps the Washington Electric Cooperative in putting together the legal framework to build the largest landfill gas to electricity project in Northern New England.
In the midst of a crippling snowstorm, Firm lawyers telecommuting from home offices realize that email and other electronic traffic has not only not diminished, as in earlier years on "snow days," but actually increased.