Robert J. Munnelly, Jr.

phone: 617-589-3822
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J.D. (cum laude), Cornell University Law School, 1989

B.A. (cum laude), Tufts University, 1984

PRACTICE & FOCUS AREA
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Rob is a regulatory lawyer with extensive experience dealing with legal issues faced by clients in highly regulated industries. He represents competitive energy and communications companies nationally and routinely represents clients in a wide range of regulatory issues. Rob has covered every aspect of New England regulations for electricity, communications, natural gas and water clients, from obtaining utility commission and local licenses to ensuring ongoing compliance with state, local and federal laws. His experience in these closely regulated industries led Rob to his pioneering efforts representing existing businesses and those seeking to do business in the emerging Massachusetts cannabis market.

In addition to his expertise in working with utility commissions and local authorities, Rob has maintained a longstanding practice focused on data security and information privacy. His work in this area involves assisting clients with developing written plans, improving security-related policies, supporting compliance training, and responding to potential security breaches.

In his previous roles as Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association, Rob learned that responsiveness is key to providing high-quality legal service.

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  • Served as lead counsel for several national retail electric suppliers in new and ongoing industry-wide dockets to reform and update electric supplier rules in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island utility commissions
  • Secured regulatory approvals for a Midwest-based broadband and cable provider acquiring a Rhode Island-based cable television company
  • Served as local counsel in a Massachusetts siting case to review whether to extend outdated permits for Cape Wind offshore project
  • Advised numerous clients in preparing and revising written information security plans, responding to information breaches, and crafting or revising related policy provisions that fully comply with stringent new Massachusetts, Connecticut, federal and international data protection requirements
  • Prepared adult-use cannabis license applications and provided regulatory advice to multiple clients under the new Massachusetts cannabis regulatory scheme
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CREDENTIALS
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Distinctions:

  • Peer Review AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest bestowed rating
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2006. 

Admitted:

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Co-Chair:

  • Federal Communications Bar Association – New England Chapter (2013-present; member since 2002)
  • Northeast Energy and Commerce Association: Board of Directors (2016-present); Co-Chair Retail Markets Committee (2014-present)
MORE THAN A LAWYER
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When Rob isn’t helping clients stay compliant or digging them out of a security breach, he serves in leadership roles for the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is also actively involved in various charitable activities, especially those focused on people with special needs. In his free time, Rob enjoys keeping up on political developments, reading books, watching television shows and movies such as “Game of Thrones,” and spending free summer days at the beach.

News & Insights
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Landmark Win for Growers Who Wouldn’t Take “No” For An Answer, featured on The Cannabis Reporter Radio Show

5 Ways to Bolster Cyber Safety and Minimize Risk, authored article in Corporate Compliance Insights

Cyber Security Plans on a Budget, Chair of MCLE seminar

Navigating the US Regulatory, Compliance & Tax Landscape, panelist at NCIA CannaVest Northeast Conference

South Shore Breakfast Forum: Cannabis, presenter at MSCPA South Shore Breakfast Forum

Hanging Your Shingle: Starting and Operating a Solo or Small Firm Practice, contributing author of "Data Security" chapter

Key Action Items for Protecting Data, authored article in SmallBizDaily

The Maturing Retail Market, panel moderator at 24th Annual New England Energy Conference & Exposition

State Regulatory & Legislative Update, panelist at NECTA Convention and Exhibition

FFIEC Cybersecurity Tool Poses Implementation Challenges, authored article in Credit Union Times

Top Ten Signs That You Need A Data Security Consultation, authored article in My Tech Decisions

Protecting Data 2016, presenter at MCLE program

10 Signs You Need to Update Your Data Security, authored article in AMA Quarterly

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