Van Ness Feldman LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for An impressive group that specializes in assisting energy clients with the full range of power and oil and gas regulatory matters. Well regarded for work on gas pipeline siting, FERC litigation and LNG work, and offers strong capability in pipeline rate cases. Possesses a considerable pipeline safety practice focusing on regulatory compliance and enforcement. Frequently retained on transmission rate, reliability and efficiency matters. Also active on hydroelectric power matters, with particular expertise in relicensing. Further noted for extensive capabilities in energy-related environmental and PHMSA issues.

Strengths Market commentators highlight: "They're heavily involved in all manner of oil and gas pipeline work. They're at the forefront of transactional, regulatory and policy matters."

Sources highlight: "They have a great team and many of their key attorneys are former FERC lawyers."

Work highlights Assisted Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Bear Creek Storage, two subsidiaries of Kinder Morgan, with litigation before FERC as well as multiparty rate negotiations with pipeline customers.

Continued to act for Ørsted Wind Power North America in connection with all regulatory matters pertaining to the development of multiple offshore wind projects off the coasts of New York, Maryland and New England as well as several onshore solar projects.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Brian O'Neill is a "very capable litigator" with a "huge breadth of experience." He has a long history of managing a vast array of FERC and DOE proceedings relating to pipelines, including certification and expansion.

Douglas Smith leverages his experience at FERC and the DOE to advise clients on a broad range of regulatory matters before those agencies. Market sources highlight: "He has a broad knowledge base, he's very diligent and detail-oriented, and he brings a lot of focus and rigor to his work."

Gary Bachman focuses his robust regulatory practice on hydroelectric sector matters, frequently advising on regulatory approvals, power sales contracts and interconnection arrangements. Market sources highlight: "He is a very talented lawyer who does complex work. He's very good at doing what is necessary to represent clients' interests."

Jessica Friedman "works through issues to get clients where they need to be" according to a source.She is particularly adept at seeking regulatory approvals and negotiating various agreements to support project development as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Lawrence Acker has considerable expertise in advising natural gas distributors, power marketers and electric utility operators on a range of issues including regulatory compliance and project relicensing. Sources say: "He's a great litigator who is very creative. In terms of pure courtroom presence, he is one of the best active litigators in the energy Bar."

Sources describe Paul Korman as a "seasoned veteran," also noting: "There isn't anything that can happen on a rate case that he hasn't seen before." He assists pipeline operators with a broad spectrum of regulatory disputes and issues, including seeking approval for commercial transactions and pipeline expansion.

Market sources say Susan Olenchuk is a "great adviser to her clients and a great strategic thinker." She has significant experience in safety, compliance and enforcement issues before FERC and PHMSA.