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Van Ness Feldman LLP

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Seattle, Washington DC

United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

Van Ness Feldman LLP

The government relations and policy practice at Van Ness Feldman LLP, like the firm itself, is focused on energy, environmental, natural resources and transportation matters. Its advocacy work spans legislative and federal agency discussions on issues such as climate change, clean energy standards, pipeline safety and access to Alaska’s vast natural resources. Highlights included assisting Clean Line Energy with lobbying efforts in support of the wind energy transmission line project Plains & Eastern Clean Line and the Department of Energy’s decision to participate by means of a public private partnership. Another area of expertise is helping clients secure federal financial support, for example when advising the Conservation Royalty Investment Coalition on developing and promoting legislation to establish a trust fund in the federal government for a broad range of conservation programs. Robert Szabo, Tom Roberts and Alan Mintz work together with former senior government officials to achieve advocacy goals. In the Washington DC-based team, Andrew VanderJack was promoted to the partnership in October 2016.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 1

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP routinely represents clients before FERC, regularly assistsing electricity transmission developers with rate cases, project approvals and facilities permitting but also advising power generation facility developers, investors and lenders on regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions and asset transactions. The practice has particular strengths in dealing with matters at the intersection of regulatory and environmental law. Julia Scarpino Wood and head of the hydroelectric practice Michael Swiger acted as relicensing counsel to FirstLight Hydro Generating for the company’s 1,119MW Northfield Mountain pumped storage project and on the 68MW Turners Falls project. Douglas Smith heads the practice, which recently served as FERC licensing counsel and environmental permitting counsel to the State of Alaska through the medium of the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) regarding the development of the proposed Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project. Missouri River Energy Services, Idaho Power and Avista are also clients. Margaret Moore is ‘excellent’.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Van Ness Feldman LLP

With a focus on midstream work, the ‘excellent’ team at Van Ness Feldman LLP represents numerous oil pipeline companies in FERC matters such as rate cases, investigations, tariff and transactional issues while also having substantial experience in pipeline safety issues. Mona Tandon, Emily Pitlick Mallen and of counsel Shippen Howe have been advising Monarch Oil Pipeline on rate, tariff, and transactional matters, including the filing of new FERC tariffs for committed and uncommitted service in order to give the company a mechanism to recover its $56m investment in crude oil pipeline infrastructure. Brian O’Neill and ‘strong negotiatorPaul Korman represented Kinder Morgan - Tennessee Gas Pipeline before FERC in multiple natural gas pipeline expansion projects, including proposed projects to move natural gas across southwest Louisiana, New England and Pennsylvania. Michael Farber, who focuses on enforcement and litigation, joined from the Department of the Interior.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service’, including ‘timely responses, deep knowledge of environmental permitting processes and good value for money’. Key figure Andrea Hudson Campbell’s clients include automobile, engine and equipment manufacturers, electric utility companies and trade associations, and she has notable expertise advising on regulations addressing vehicle emissions. Highlights included advising Arctic Slope Regional Corporation on a range of federal policy and regulatory issues, most notably the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and various Arctic-related initiatives. The group also advises North Slope Borough on the laws and policies affecting indigenous Alaskans, which includes a bilateral treaty with Russia governing the designation of critical polar bear habitat. Kyle Danish is ‘helpful, approachable and highly knowledgeable’.

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