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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

John Matthews

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Energy; Nuclear Energy


John E. Matthews is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Energy Practice. Mr. Matthews has successfully assisted clients in obtaining NRC regulatory approvals for “first of its kind” commercial transactions involving nuclear power plants. He advises clients regarding commercial issues relating to nuclear power plants and other nuclear assets, nuclear export controls, certain government contracts and security matters, NRC’s review of license transfers, decommissioning planning, decommissioning funding issues, and insurance and liability issues associated with the ownership and operation of nuclear assets. He has directed litigation teams in contested licensing proceedings before the NRC and in complex commercial litigation involving nuclear assets. For more information, view Mr. Matthews’s biography at


Conversational German


Member, Federal Energy Bar Association; Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2014); Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012–2013); Listed, International Who’s Who Legal for Energy Lawyers (2013)


University of Virginia School of Law, 1990, J.D.; Georgetown University, 1986, B.S.F.S., Cum Laude

United States: Industry focus

Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

The 'extremely competent and client-friendly' practitioners at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are able to assist clients operating in all arenas of the conventional energy space. The firm's energy regulatory department is led  out of DC by Kathryn Sutton and Steve Spina; Sutton's expertise lies in nuclear power while Spina focuses on working with electric utilities. John Matthews and others are assisting Exelon Nuclear with the regulatory aspects of decommissioning Oyster Creek Generating Station, the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the country. Also of note, a group led by Brad Fagg and Paul Bessette successfully acted for Duke Energy in a breach of contract action against  the Department of Energy (DOE) pertaining to spent nuclear fuel damages; the client won $68.5m. Elsewhere, the team works on FERC investigations and provides regulatory assistance on transactions. Jane Accomando is the name to note for NRC enforcement; of counsel Joseph Lowell is also recommended. Accomando was made partner in October 2018. Grant Eskelsen is a 'top-notch associate'.

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