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Matthew Rowen McGovern

Energy and utilities Attorney at Shorewood, WI

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  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 5 years
    South Dakota - SD 17 years
    California - CA 19 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2019
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State SD
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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Matt McGovern is Of Counsel at Cleantech Law Partners. He brings a unique perspective to his clients based on many years of experience in private law practice, government service, and politics.

Before joining Cleantech Law Partners, McGovern was the Chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice Group for a Milwaukee law firm, where he focused on land use permits for commercial-scale solar developments, PACE financing, and representing clients in state and federal administrative proceedings. He assisted with conditional use permit applications for solar projects, helped avoid local regulation of a development that was subject to the jurisdiction of the state Public Service Commission, and provided regulatory analysis for the sale of large solar projects to an investor-owned utility. He also advised Wisconsin’s commercial PACE administrator on policy and financing agreement issues, and formed a nonprofit to lobby for a favorable regulatory environment for electric vehicles.

McGovern’s government relations practice is based on years of experience in government at the federal and local level. He was a senior advisor at the United States Department of Energy (DOE), in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. At DOE, he focused on policy proposals to enable clean energy development, including clarifying jurisdictional issues between FERC and state public service commissions, expanding access to financing for rural electric co-ops, and support for tribal energy loan programs. He also organized the stakeholder engagement process for the Quadrennial Energy Review Reports on the electricity system and infrastructure for transmission, storage, and distribution of energy.

McGovern’s experience working for the Milwaukee County Executive, running for South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, and lobbying Congress on energy legislation gives him insight into the political processes that can make or break a permitting decision. He has spent many years in electoral politics, including state leadership roles in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

McGovern also has experience in eminent domain and business litigation. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota.
Matt is a member of the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s Research Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Transit Leadership Council. Matt also serves on the Conservation Committee for the Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin, his hometown.

In his spare time Matt is an avid runner, having finished nine marathons, including the 2016 Boston Marathon.


Cleantech Law Partners
Po Box 11482
Shorewood, WI, 53211-0482


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Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Cleantech Law Partners
  • 2020 - Present


  • University of California, Hastings College of The Law
  • 2004
  • University of Wisconsin
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Shorewood Energy and utilities Lawyer Matthew Rowen McGovern
Matthew Rowen McGovern
Energy and utilities Attorney
Shorewood, WI
Licensed for 19 years