Jonathan Klavens

Jon Klavens is the principal of Klavens Law Group, P.C. He focuses in large part on providing start-up, outside general counsel, transactional, project development and energy regulatory services to companies, investors, public entities and nonprofits in the energy/clean energy and clean technology areas. He also provides legal services to a broad array of for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises.

Prior to founding Klavens Law Group in June 2007, Jon practiced from 2004 to 2007 at BCK Law, P.C. (formerly Bernstein Cushner & Kimmell, P.C.) and from 1994 to 2004 at Goodwin, first as an environmental and land use attorney and then as a corporate attorney. From 1993 to 1994, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Norman H. Stahl at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Jon has served as a chair of the Judging Committee of the Cleantech Open Northeast business competition since its inception in 2005. He is a frequent presenter and writer on various energy, environmental, land use, and administrative law topics.

Jon is a graduate of Columbia University (BA 1987), Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (MPP 1992), and Northeastern University School of Law (JD 1993), and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Washington, DC.

For a list of selected publications and speaking engagements, click here.

  • Jonathan Klavens, “Energy Law Update,” presented at Environmental, Land Use & Energy Law Conference 2016, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 4, 2016 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Energy Law Update,” presented at Environmental, Land Use & Energy Law Conference 2015, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, January 29, 2015 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, Panelist, “Challenges to Lawyering for the Sustainable City,” presented at Lawyering for the Sustainable City Conference, Northeastern University School of Law, March 21, 2014 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Energy Law Update,” presented at Environmental, Land Use & Energy Law Conference 2014, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, January 30, 2014 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, Chair, Energy Law Fundamentals, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 13, 2013 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, Panelist, “Working with Wind Energy Bylaws,” presented at Boston Bar Association seminar, December 8, 2011 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens and Kathleen Doyle, “Solar PV Can Yield Over 22% Return,” New England Real Estate Journal, August 26, 2011
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Net Metering and Opportunities for Public-Private Projects,” presented at Environmental Business Council of New England seminar, February 7, 2011 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Community Renewable Energy Projects: Financing and Public Procurement,” presented at Metropolitan Area Planning Council South Shore Task Force Workshop, April 29, 2010 (Hingham, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Net Metering in New England,” presented at Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference, March 3, 2010 (Boston, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, John Harper and Jason Gifford, “Municipally-Sponsored Wind Projects: Ownership, Financing & Incentives,” presented at Land-Based Wind Workshop, February 5, 2010 (Yarmouth, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Net Metering in Massachusetts,” presented at Metropolitan Area Planning Council North Shore Task Force Workshop, February 4, 2010 (Danvers, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Net Metering in Massachusetts,” presented at Massachusetts Wind Working Group meeting, October 8, 2009 (Plymouth, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Massachusetts Net Metering Regulations and Tariff: Overview” prepared for Massachusetts Wind Working Group meeting, September 16, 2009 (Waltham, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Generating Your Own Power,” presented at Municipal Electric Procurement Options Seminar, January 30, 2008 (Waltham, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens and John Harper, “Clean Renewable Energy Bonds & Other Federal Incentives,” presented at Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference, March 1, 2006 (Cambridge, MA)
  • Jonathan Klavens and John Harper, “Energy Policy Act of 2005: Key Provisions Affecting Municipal Wind Projects,” presented at Municipal Land-Based Wind Workshop, November 18, 2005 (Yarmouth, MA)
  • Martin R. Healy and Jonathan Klavens, “Zoning and Its Limitations,” 1 Massachusetts Zoning Manual, Chapter 2, MCLE 1999 and Supp. 2005 (Martin R. Healy, ed.) (co-authored 2005 update with Kenneth L. Kimmell)
  • Jonathan Klavens, Chair, Environmental Disclosure: When and How to Disclose Environmental Matters Under SEC and Accounting Requirements, MCLE 2000
  • Jonathan Klavens and Anthony Zamparutti, “Foreign Direct Investment and Environment in Central and Eastern Europe: A Survey,” Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 1995
  • Jonathan Klavens, “At the Edge of Environmental Adjudication: An Administrative Takings Variance,” 18 Harvard Environmental Law Review 277 (1994)
  • Jonathan Klavens, “Legal Opportunities for Environmental Action in the Russian Privatization Process,” 3 Journal of Public and International Affairs 111 (Spring 1992)