Wiggin and Dana Partner Appointed to Governor's Permitting Task Force

March 10, 2010

– Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that Bruce McDermott, a partner in the firm's Real Estate, Environmental and Energy Department, has been appointed by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell to the newly formed Permitting Task Force.

The Permitting Task Force was created pursuant to Executive Order No. 39 to focus on the advancement of the state's economy and its competitiveness via recommendations to improve the efficiency of various regulatory permitting processes. The mission of the Task Force was to examine the processes by which permits are issued by various state agencies and develop recommendations for simplifying, streamlining and, if appropriate, repealing such processes and shortening the time that it takes for such permits to be approved in order to reduce unnecessary burdens, costs and inefficiencies while maintaining appropriate protections for the public health, safety and welfare and the orderly conduct of business.

Mr. McDermott's practice involves the representation of a broad range of businesses with respect to environmental matters including permitting, regulatory counseling, enforcement defense and transactional advice. In recent years, he has worked extensively on matters related to the environmental and regulatory issues associated with the development and operation of electric generating and transmission facilities.

Mr. McDermott is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Greater New Haven Leadership Center which is a program of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce designed to support the growth of aspiring leaders through training and community education. Mr. McDermott received his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College. He earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University where he served as Managing Editor of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. Mr. McDermott earned an LL.M. degree in environmental law from Pace University School of Law.