Former Wiggin and Dana Attorney Named DEEP Commissioner

January 23, 2014

New Haven – Former Wiggin and Dana Attorney Robert Klee was named the new Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in a press conference earlier this afternoon. Robert will succeed Daniel C. Esty, who will leave office next month to resume his tenured teaching position at Yale University.

Robert has worked closely with Commissioner Esty over the past three years, serving as Chief of Staff for DEEP, where he worked to integrate the Department and to build on its biggest initiatives. Robert's background lends him particular weight in the environmental community. Robert received his law degree from Yale Law School. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and his Master's Degree in Industrial Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He also studied geology and environmental studies at Princeton University.

"Rob Klee is a first-rate lawyer, and we are proud to count him among our alumni here at Wiggin and Dana," comments Bob Benjamin, Chair of the firm's Executive Committee. "We wish him all the best as he takes on this major responsibility for the State of Connecticut."

Robert was appointed Chief of Staff for DEEP by Commissioner Esty in April 2011. Before Robert's appointment, he was an associate at Wiggin and Dana from 2008 – 2011, where he focused his practice on appellate and complex legal issues, as well as energy and environmental law. Robert also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for the Honorable Mark R. Kravitz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.