A magna cum laude graduate of both Brown University and Boston College School of Law, Jeffrey Bernstein has broad public policy and private sector experience. Formerly the Director of the Massachusetts Legislative Energy Development Caucus and Executive Director of Resources for New England, Inc., Mr. Bernstein’s governmental background emphasized financing energy conservation and alternative energy development and environmental issues. Mr. Bernstein’s practice concentrates on renewable energy project and sustainable development, technology, blockchain and digital currency, corporate and commercial law and regulatory matters. He represents entrepreneurial and/or technology clients of the Firm on complex transactions. Recently he has been involved in a broad range of emerging digital currency and other issues related to distributed ledgers. He also represents many municipal entities and non-profit environmental and renewable energy organizations serving as General Counsel to the innovative municipal aggregator, the Cape Light Compact JPE. Mr. Bernstein is on the board of a number of technology/New Media companies and has an active blockchain practice. Mr. Bernstein has been admitted in all State Courts in Massachusetts and Vermont as well as the Federal District Court for Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First and Sixth Circuits and works from the Firm’s Vermont office on a frequent basis. AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Resident in the Firm’s Mountain States office, Erin O’Toole is a cum laude graduate of Fairfield University and Suffolk University Law School. Her practice focuses on general business, nonprofit and energy law. She has assisted in complex financial transactions for technology clients of the Firm. She functions as outside General Counsel for several clients of the Firm, regularly advising them on corporate governance practices, operational matters, regulatory compliance, commercial transactions, contract negotiations, acquisitions and sales of businesses and employment matters. Ms. O’Toole also represents early stage and emerging companies, assisting them with entity formation matters (including corporations and limited liability companies), stockholder agreements, strategic partnerships and other transactional issues. She is admitted to practice before the State Courts of Massachusetts and Idaho, as well as the Federal District Court for Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Sixth Circuits.
Audrey Eidelman focuses on energy and renewable energy issues, corporate, municipal and regulatory matters. On behalf of Firm clients, Ms. Eidelman has planned for and managed several, multi-governmental procurements ranging from retail energy and gas supply to energy management services for renewable energy systems. Ms. Eidelman has been involved in analysis of Massachusetts’ renewable energy credit markets and net metering policy. In addition, Ms. Eidelman routinely provides support to clients in proceedings before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities related to power supply, utility ratemaking, interconnection of distributed generation and green energy programs. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Eidelman was an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Kutak Rock LLP, a national Firm, practicing in the areas of military base closure, realignment and reuse, federal privatization, federal property acquisition and federal contracts. Ms. Eidelman is a graduate of American University and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
Rebecca Zachas is Senior Counsel to the Firm, focusing on energy regulatory and policy matters, renewable energy development, and pipeline permitting proceedings for municipalities, other public entities, electric cooperatives, nonprofits and renewable energy developers. Ms. Zachas advises renewable energy clients on project structure, state and federal regulation, and financing. She drafts and negotiates project agreements, including power purchase agreements, renewable energy certificate agreements, host community agreements and leases, for renewable energy projects. Ms. Zachas regularly represents entities before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in regulatory proceedings on topics including net metering, grid modernization, interconnection standards for distributed generation, mergers, utility long-term contracts, service quality standards, rate cases and reconciliation factors. On the federal regulatory side, Ms. Zachas has practiced energy and telecommunications law, representing electric utilities, energy efficiency administrators, power marketers, non-utility generators, telecommunications carriers and cable companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. In pipeline permitting proceedings, Ms. Zachas has protected the interests of municipalities and other public entities through the negotiation of agreements and appellate litigation. Ms. Zachas is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University and a cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire (inactive), the District of Columbia, Maryland (inactive) and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Stacey Cushner has over thirty-two years experience as a construction, employment, sexual harassment and contract attorney and over twenty-three years experience as a mediator/arbitrator in these fields (see ADR section of this website). She has represented owners, developers, public agencies, general contractors, sureties, architects, subcontractors and suppliers in projects ranging up to $4.5 billion. She also has extensive experience in writing and negotiating multi-party construction contracts. She is a former Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts and was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, Steering Committee, Division 6. Ms. Cushner also has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law representing both public and private employers and employees. She has authored articles and taught numerous continuing legal education courses for the American Bar and other bar associations, lectured at Harvard Law School on ADR and has chaired and lectured for programs at Suffolk University Law School. She was a founding member of the Firm’s predecessor Boston law Firm, Bernstein, Cushner & Kimmell, P.C. She is a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and obtained her J.D. degree in 1985 from Suffolk University Law School.
Dawn Book serves as office manager and finance director. She is responsible for the management of the Firm’s computerized time and billing programs, as well as serving as the Firm’s financial administrator. She seamlessly coordinates communications between the Firm’s main office, the multiple remote practices of most Firm attorneys and our clients to allow us to provide cost-efficient and effective representation. In general, she cheerfully makes sure all the gears are turning smoothly!
Ms. Stettnisch is a Law Clerk of the Firm, supporting the Firm’s attorneys on issues related to public utilities law and renewable energy project development. Her work includes legal research and monitoring of related policy developments. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Stettnisch served as a Research and Development Scientist in the agricultural and pharmaceutical fields. She is pursuing a J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee where she studied Geophysics and a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee where she studied Freshwater Sciences and Technology.