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Richard Agnew

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Van Ness Feldman LLP

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Land, Water, and Natural Resources; Government Relations; Native American Affairs


Richard Agnew currently serves as Chairman of Van Ness Feldman. In his legal practice, he represents a variety of clients before Congress and federal agencies, particularly on matters relating to federal laws and permits governing energy projects, environmental matters, and the uses of natural resources.


J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1979 B.A., University of Washington, 1973

United States: Government

Government relations

Within: Government relations

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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