Vincent DeVito

  • Partner, Bowditch & Dewey
  • Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy
  • Senior Counsel, Massachusetts State Senate

Vincent DeVito is a corporate and regulatory attorney who represents utilities, corporations, investors, and entrepreneurs in the energy, power generation, and technology sectors in the United States and abroad. He is experienced in issues involving renewable energy development and corporate governance, corporate disclosure and compliance matters. Vincent also counsels presidential, senatorial, congressional, and gubernatorial committees, and numerous other candidate and political committees in multiple jurisdictions.  

In his previous U.S. Government service involving international energy issues, Vincent conducted briefings with members of the President’s Cabinet, governors, ambassadors, members of Congress, and corporate leaders. During his tenure in government he:

  • Worked in the general counsel’s office of the U. S. Department of Energy
  • Served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs, responsible for developing strategic policy and international cooperation
  • Oversaw the Climate Change Technology Program
  • Maintained government and industry contacts worldwide

While at the Department of Energy, Vincent served as the U.S. manager of the North American Energy Working Group, a task force created to pursue the development of a fully integrated North American energy market. Vincent was counsel to the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force that was established as a result of the electricity blackout in August 2003. 

Immediately prior to joining the Department of Energy, Vincent served as an energy lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts within the legislature and at the Department of Public Utilities. In those positions, he pursued the development and implementation of the state’s electric utility deregulation plan. Vincent has also served as the International Energy Policy Adviser to a Presidential campaign.

Vincent is a frequent television commentator, speaker and author on issues regarding energy and technology and has delivered numerous regulatory and policy addresses before various organizations such as: The World Energy Council, The International Atomic Energy Agency, The International Energy Agency, The Western Hemispheric Energy Ministerial, The Asian Pacific Economic Council, The Chatham House of London, The Center for Strategic International Studies, The International Energy Forum and The Council for Environmental Cooperation.

Representative Campaign Experience

Vincent provides political and government relations counsel for corporations and their executives, and is an experienced recount lawyer with significant experience representing Super PACS. Vincent’s political practice includes representing clients on ethics, lobbying, pay-to-play, and non-profit rules.

Vincent assisted the legal and political operations of the Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and was legal point for Collier County during the Florida recount. Vincent directly assisted the general counsel and other attorneys to the Romney for President campaign, and assisted the Republican National Committee’s legal and rules operations prior to and during the 2012 national convention. 

In 2014, Vincent served as Chief Legal Counsel for:

  • Senator Scott Brown’s campaign (New Hampshire)
  • Representative Ryan Zinke (Montana)
  • Governor Charlie Baker (Massachusetts)
  • 4th CD candidate Bruce Blakeman (New York)

Vincent served as Chief Legal Counsel for Senator Scott Brown’s 2012 campaign in Massachusetts which was the the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country that year. Vincent currently provides counsel to nationally active Leadership PACs.

Professional/Community Affiliations: 

  • Vincent participates in the Clean Energy Ministerial Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Action Group
  • Member of the Board of the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England
  • Director, Institute for Energy and Sustainability
  • Member, Worcester City Manager’s Energy Task Force
  • Founding Member, American Bar Association’s State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee
  • Board Member, Northeast Midwest Institute - Washington, DC