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Tom Roberts

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Van Ness Feldman LLP




Tom Roberts has worked on energy and environmental policy matters for his entire career, specializing in strategic counsel on managing the potential impacts of federal and state energy, environmental, and climate change policies on clients’ commercial and industrial interests. For the last several years, a significant portion of Tom's practice has involved representing a major North American energy company in its efforts to construct a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower-48 states. Other clients for whom Tom regularly provides legal and government affairs services include natural gas pipelines, electric utilities, energy technology developers, and global mining corporations. Tom has been involved at the highest levels of Congress and the Executive Branch in the development of virtually every major federal energy and environmental statute and policy over the last twenty five years.


University of Utah College of Law L.L.M., 1987 J.D., 1979 South Dakota State University B.S., 1976

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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