Biography

Robert "Benji" Borowski is a member of the firm's Energy & Telecommunications, Cleantech and Renewable Energy Law, and Climate Strategy groups dedicated to helping clients achieve their legal, policy, and regulatory goals across those sectors. In his practice, he has worked with clients of all sizes and across a wide range of industries on a variety of energy issues. Benji has amassed state- and federal-level experience around the policies that drive regulations, the regulations that constrain markets, and markets within which stakeholders operate. His work has included advising private equity on the acquisition of industrial and electric generation assets, assisting large-scale consumers with financing for efficiency projects, and helping consumer-generator clients navigate the evolving energy markets through regulatory and policy advocacy.

Benji places particular emphasis on efficiency and renewable forms of energy: onshore and offshore wind, large- and small-scale hydro, marine hydrokinetic, biomass, and solar. His work in these fields includes legislative and administrative representation of solar power producers opposing an unfavorable rate design and assisting an innovative off-shore wind project receive regulatory approval. He has also assisted clients in certifying their energy projects as “renewable” under state renewable portfolio standards and advised them on maximizing the value of associated environmental attributes. In addition, Benji has been extensively involved in efforts to reduce energy costs across New England, especially through decreasing long-standing reliance on oil.

Benji is a graduate of Vermont Law School where he earned a J.D. with a Certificate in Energy Law, magna cum laude, and a M.S. of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude. While in law school, he served as an articles editor and production coordinator of the Vermont Law Review. He earned various American Jurisprudence Awards, including in Torts, Environmental Issues in Business Transactions, and Climate Change and the Law.

Professional Activities

  • Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) - Board Member

Honors & Recognition

  • Listed as a Super Lawyers "New England Rising Star" for five consecutive years in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources, Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers for Business in the area of Energy & Natural Resources in 2017 and 2018

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Maine Development Foundation, Leadership Maine, Upsilon class graduate
  • Susan L. Curtis Foundation, pro bono legal services and Trustee, Board Development Committee
  • Lift 360, volunteer on sustainable energy issues
  • Resources First Foundation, Fundraising Committee

Firm Highlights

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

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Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

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The Potential of the Blockchain for Asset Protection Planning

While many legal scholars focus on the challenges and complications seemingly inherent to blockchain and cryptocurrency, others look past the fear and see potential. In this article for Cumberland Law Review , Ian Huyett and Brian Quirk...

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Litigation and Arbitration Venue Provisions in Construction Contracts: When and How They Work

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2020 Employment Breakfast Series: Strengthening Your Company's Management of Accommodation Requests

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...