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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

At Van Ness Feldman LLP, the firm’s core specialisms in environmental, natural resources, energy, and transport matters filter through into its government relations and policy practice. The group’s recent workload includes assisting clients with reforms to regulations affecting clean energy standards, energy infrastructure projects and access to energy resources, particularly Alaska’s natural resources. Firm chair Richard Agnew advises the Alaska Federation of Natives on federal and state legislation designed to recognise and protect hunting, fishing and gathering rights to renewable subsistence resources for Alaska Natives. The team provides ongoing assistance to Clean Line Energy regarding 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. It was also retained by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to assist with lobbying for expedited federal permitting to allow a land building project, designed to protect and restore the Louisiana coast, to be built at the earliest date possible. Other clients include the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Noble Energy, Shell, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and the city of Houston, Texas. Robert Szabo, Tom Roberts, Alan Mintz and Andrew VanderJack are all recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Van Ness Feldman LLP

The ‘experienced and responsive’ team at Van Ness Feldman LLP excels in representing clients before the FERC and continues to advise generation developers, investors and lenders on transactional regulatory matters; an area of growth is the representation of competitive electricity transmission developers and the regulation of participants in the new energy imbalance market in the West. Among a selection of significant transactions, practice head Douglas Smith and assisted Transource Energy with investments in the FERC-regulated sector of competitively selected transmission developers, while Jessica Friedman served as FERC counsel to Cogentrix Energy and The Carlyle Group regarding the purchase of Essential Power’s generation portfolio. Another mainstay for the firm is hydroelectric power; Michael Swiger and Julia Wood are advising FirstLight Hydro Generating Company on the multi-project FERC relicensing proceeding for its Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project. Since publication, Justin Moeller has taken the position of in-house counsel at NextEra Energy.

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

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Experienced and responsiveVan Ness Feldman LLP stands out for its experience in representing large interstate pipeline companies before the FERC and is well versed in advising clients on the authorization process of the development of pipelines, storage facilities and LNG terminals. The firm also provides ongoing regulatory compliance advice, handles transactions and features a robust pipeline safety practice. A recent engagement was acting on behalf of Mountain Valley Pipeline in the FERC authorization process regarding the development, construction and operation of a natural gas pipeline that will extend from north-western West Virginia to southern Virginia. A key client is Boardwalk Pipeline Partners; the group frequently assists with a wide range of regulatory matters regarding the operation of its subsidiary pipeline companies and, most recently, responded to a FERC inquiry concerning cost recovery related to income tax. Other notable clients include Kinder Morgan, Dominion and TransCanada. Michael Pincus and Paul Korman are recommended.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP acts for large interstate pipeline companies in developing and building pipelines, storage facilities, and LNG terminals. The electric and hydropower practices are also areas of strength. The team advises an Alaska native regional corporation, on issues relating to federal land management and resource development. Washington DC-based Andrea Hudson Campbell, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming and climate change practice leader Kyle Danish are highly rated.

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