Firm Profile > Van Ness Feldman LLP > Washington DC, United States

Van Ness Feldman LLP
1050 THOMAS JEFFERSON STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20007
United States

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 1

Van Ness Feldman LLP's electric practice is central to the firm with a number of former FERC and US Department of Energy practitioners operating within the partnership and wider ranks. The practice is primarily focused on representing clients before FERC, including acting for competitive electricity transmission developers and participants in the new energy imbalance market in the Western US. The group is also frequently singled out for its transactional regulatory expertise and fields a highly regarded hydropower regulatory practice. Joseph Nelson is noted for electric project development work and is recommended for representing clients before FERC, as is Douglas Smith, who is coordinator of the electric practice. Julia Wood and Mike Swiger are key figures in the hydroelectric market, Jessica Friedman is 'fantastic and very responsive', and Vincenzo Franco joined the team from Exelon. Named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Smith; Mike Swiger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jessica Friedman is fantastic and very responsive‘.

Key clients

American Electric Power

Cogentrix Energy Power Management

EDP Renewables

Idaho Power

Long Island Power Authority

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

New York Power Authority

NextEra Energy

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 1

Van Ness Feldman LLP has a notable track record in representing interstate pipeline companies before federal regulatory agencies, including oil and natural gas pipelines before FERC and federal and state courts. The practice is also at the forefront of rate cases under the Natural Gas Act. Lawrence Acker is a leading figure in natural gas cases before FERC and related appeals; Paul Korman is noted for his expertise in rate cases before FERC and other regulatory agencies; and Brian O’Neill regularly represents natural gas, oil and LNG companies and pipelines in FERC matters relating to projects and transactions. Susan Olenchuk is a leader in pipeline safety, and Michael Pincus and Mona Tandon are also highly rated. All named partners are based in Washington DC. Gregory Junge joined Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Practice head(s):

Susan Olenchuk; Mona Tandon; Michael Pincus

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Acker; Paul Korman; Brian O’Neill

Key clients

Kinder Morgan

Tallgrass Energy

Mountain Valley Pipeline

WBI Energy Transmission,

Millennium Pipeline Company

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

NGL Energy Partners

Dominion Energy Resources

Stagecoach Pipeline and Storage Company

Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline

Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Van Ness Feldman LLP is experienced across the full-range of environmental regulatory matters, including air pollution control, climate change, endangered species issues, hazardous waste, and land and water resources. Jointly led from DC by Jonathan Simon, Stephen Fotis and Britt Fleming, the team has core strength in environmental permitting, compliance strategies, matters relating to the regulation of stationary and mobile sources under the Clean Air Act, and renewable fuel standards and carbon dioxide emissions regulations. Andrea Campbell is another name to note; she has experience in enforcement matters before federal courts, the EPA and the California Air Resources Board. The team was recently strengthened by the addition of six new partners who joined from the now defunct Hunsucker Goodstein.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Simon; Stephen Fotis; Britt Fleming

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Campbell; Kyle Danish

Testimonials

‘Deep expertise in Federal and CARB emissions regulations.’

‘Attorneys are subject matter experts and very responsive.’

Key clients

American Electric Power

Doyon

Holland America Group

Large Public Power Council

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

North Slope Borough

Oglethorpe Power Corporation

Shell

Toyota

Wolf Trap Foundation of the Performing Arts

Government relations Tier 3

The public policy group at Van Ness Feldman LLP has a forty-year reputation in the government relations space, acting for leading energy and industrial companies, financial institutions, trade associations, and state and local governments. Nancy Macan McNally and Shannon Angielski jointly lead the practice group. Former chair Richard Agnew remains a key contact and is recommended for his expertise in Native American law. Other key members of the group include Robert Szabo, an experienced advisor in the areas of energy and natural resources, and environmental issues, and Alan Mintz, who focuses on representing clients before the Department of Interior and the Department of Energy.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Macan McNally; Shannon Angielski

Key clients

Amazon Web Services

Columbia River Treaty Power Group

Holland American Cruise Line

International Bottled Water Association

Kinder Morgan

Large Public Power Council

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)

Shell

Toyota

Van Ness Feldman has over 40 years of focused experience solving challenges that arise at the intersection of business and government.  Through our collective knowledge and experience, we take a uniquely collaborative approach that anticipate trends, adapts to changes in political and regulatory climate, and helps clients achieve their goals.  We have built lasting relationships with industry, non-profit organizations, and government at all levels, in the inter-related areas of energy, environment, natural resources, public lands, real estate/land use, infrastructure, native affairs, and health care.

The firm is comprised of attorneys and government advocacy specialists who come from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences.  Many of our professionals have worked in the business sector or served in government at high levels, giving the firm a network of strong, bipartisan relationships with key government decision and policy makers, including leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress, the White House, and various federal, state and local governmental agencies.

Our more than 100 professionals in Washington D.C., Seattle, the Bay Area, and Denver are renowned for providing a nationwide clientele with sophisticated, top-notch services that include:

  • Strategic business advice;
  • Legal and regulatory compliance counsel;
  • Legislative and policy advocacy, insight, and representation;
  • Support for project development, permitting, and transactions;
  • Representation in administrative proceedings, litigation, and investigations;
  • A depth of knowledge that is unparalleled in our core areas of focus.
Department Name Email Telephone
Electric Joe Nelson jbn@vnf.com
Electric Doug Smith dws@vnf.com
Electric Margaret Claybour mhc@vnf.com
Electric Malcolm McLellan mcm@vnf.com
Hydropower Mike Swiger mas@vnf.com
Hydropower Julia Wood jsw@vnf.com
Pipeline and LNG Susan Olenchuk sam@vnf.com
Pipeline and LNG Michael Pincus mrp@vnf.com
Pipeline and LNG Mona Tandon mxt@vnf.com
Environment Britt Fleming bsf@vnf.com
Environment Stephen Fotis scf@vnf.com
Environment Kyle Danish kwd@vnf.com
Real estate Jay Derr jpd@vnf.com
Land use and zoning Brent Carson brc@vnf.com
Land use and zoning Tadas Kisielius tak@vnf.com
Government relations and policy Richard Agnew raa@vnf.com
Natural resources Jonathan Simon jxs@vnf.com
Natural resources Matthew Love mal@vnf.com
Native American law Ed Gehres edg@vnf.com
Native American law Maranda Compton mcompton@vnf.com
Native American law Andrew VanderJack amv@vnf.com
Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure T.C. Richmond ter@vnf.com
Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Gwen Keyes Fleming gfleming@vnf.com
Litigation & Investigations Mike Farber mfarber@vnf.com
Litigation Michael Goodstein mgoodstein@vnf.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrea Campbell  photo Andrea Campbell
Number of Partners : 50
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 57
Other Staff : 62
English (fluent)
Spanish
Co-Chair : Nancy Macan McNally (202-298-1892, nmm@vnf.com)
Co-Chair : Douglas Smith (202-298-1902, dws@vnf.com)
Managing Partner, Seattle : Jay Derr (206 623 9372, jpd@vnf.com)