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Van Ness Feldman LLP

1050 THOMAS JEFFERSON STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20007, USA
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Seattle, Washington DC

United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Energy, natural resources and environmental issues are cornerstones of Van Ness Feldman LLP’s ‘effective’ public policy group. Firm chair Richard Agnew’s areas of expertise include natural resource and Native American law. On behalf of Xavier University of Louisiana, a largely African American university, the group secured a provision in the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act alleviating the financial burden it faces following a loan it received from the Department of Education to rebuild due to extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina, which it struggled to repay as a result of reduced enrollment due to the economic crisis. In another matter, the group, representing the Sonoma County Water Agency, through successful lobbying efforts, helped to establish the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, which funds local projects necessary for conservation of threatened, endangered, or at risk salmon and steelhead populations. The team also successfully lobbied Congress on behalf of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to implement law that allows ASCR to develop the oil and gas resources underneath its lands within the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The firm’s client roster includes the likes of Toyota, Amazon, Kinder Morgan, Shell and the International Bottled Water Association. Bob Szabo leads the practice. Tom Roberts and Alan Mintz are also key names.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Van Ness Feldman LLP

The electric and hydropower practice at Van Ness Feldman LLP is concentrated in DC, with Doug Smith and Mike Swiger  acting as team heads. Smith and Gary Bachman work with investor-owned utilities; Joe Nelson and Malcom McLellan (Seattle) assist public power companies, such as Long Island Power Authority, and Jessica Friedman is noted for her work for independent power producers such as Cogentrix Energy. Friedman, assisted by Julia Wood, acts as regulatory counsel to Deepwater Wind in relation to the client's development of multiple offshore wind projects. Work includes obtaining FERC permits, electrical interconnection arrangements and transmission solutions. Other highlights included Smith's regulatory filing work for NextEra Energy in the context of its proposed acquisition of Gulf Power Company from Southern Company. In addition, the firm is especially active in hydropower mandates, working with clients such as Cube Hydro. Charles Sensiba departed for Troutman Sanders in March 2018; Justin Moeller left for an in-house position at NextEra Energy in September 2018.

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

Van Ness Feldman LLP

The Washington DC-based pipeline and LNG group at Van Ness Feldman LLP has 'uniquely sharp insight into difficult issues' and 'achieves favorable results'. Major clients include a number of well-known interstate pipeline and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), such as Mountain Valley Pipeline, Tallgrass Energy Partners and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. In a recent highlight, Gregory Junge, Michael Pincus and others assisted Millennium Pipeline Company with obtaining federal and state permits necessary for its construction of the Valley Lateral project; this new pipeline will supply a gas-fired power plant. As the project was contested by a New York regulatory body, the team represented the client in federal appellate litigation and obtained a FERC declaratory order stating that the agency waived its ability to deny a permit under the Clean Water Act. Junge 'has knowledge of a broad range of topics' while Pincus is the 'go-to attorney for certificate approval'. Another success saw a team led by Paul Korman representing Dominion Energy in a rate case before FERC and winning a favorable settlement for the client. Korman also assisted the client with preparing comments on FERC's revised policy regarding the ability of MLPs to recover additional income tax costs; he is 'excellent at anticipating difficult issues and formulating necessary solutions'. Additionally, the group counsels clients on pipeline safety. Susan Olenchuk, Mona Tandon and Lawrence Acker are some other names to note.

Next Generation Partners

Michael Pincus - Van Ness Feldman LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP punches well above its weight, and is particularly valued for its ‘personal touch’. The team is instructed by clients in the automotive, manufacturing, energy, ports and recreational marine industries, and also advises federal lands concessionaires on issues such as air pollution control, climate change, federal and state environmental permitting, endangered species, land and water resources, and hazardous waste. The firm is retained by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on a wide range of environmental, energy and natural resources matters; this recently included the development and implementation of lobbying strategies and the establishment of federal requirements for limiting CO2 emissions from new and existing power plants under the CAA and state laws. Jonathan Simon, whose ‘professionalism and knowledge are second to none’, heads the land, water and natural resources practice, while Stephen Fotis leads the environment practice. Climate change specialist Kyle Danish, Britt Fleming, Andrea Hudson Campbell, and Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming are other key practitioners. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

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