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Van Ness Feldman LLP

 

Van Ness Feldman is a nationally recognized law firm providing legal counsel, thought leadership, and policy strategy to clients navigating the complex intersection between business and government.  With over 100 professionals in Washington D.C. and Seattle, Van Ness Feldman is renowned for its work in energy, environment, land use, real estate,  government relations, and native affairs matters.

As experienced strategists and client advocates, Van Ness Feldman takes the time to truly understand clients’ needs and collaborates to find innovative, yet practical solutions to complex issues. The firm’s deep experience in a broad range of complementary disciplines, knowledge of our clients’ businesses and industries, and relationships with federal, state, and local agencies and governments allows the firm to help clients achieve their goals.

Van Ness Feldman has been serving clients for over four decades. Founded in Washington, D.C. in 1977 by four former Congressional and Executive branch legal counsel, Van Ness Feldman has grown to include over 100 lawyers and policy professionals in our three offices. Our bipartisan professionals have been involved in every major energy and environmental policy legislative or regulatory initiative, from the creation of the Department of Energy in 1977, to the policy debates affecting our nation today.

Partner
Rick Agnew represents a variety of clients before Congress and federal agencies, particularly on matters relating to federal laws and permits governing energy projects, environmental…
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Associate
Sophia provides counsel to both public and private sector clients on various environmental, tribal, and natural resource matters under the SEPA/NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act…
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Partner
Gary Bachman represents a wide array of participants in the electric industry. He is actively engaged in regulatory matters concerning corporate structure, contracts, tariffs, compliance,…
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Senior Energy Analyst
Steve Baruch provides members of the firm's Energy Practice with analysis of energy regulatory issues before the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC…
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Partner
Brent provides strategic advice and critical support to clients with complex land development and real property issues. He has in-depth knowledge of the local, state, and federal land use…
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Associate
Michelle assists clients in a variety of federal regulatory matters related to the electric utility, oil, and natural gas industries, including enforcement, litigation, and compliance…
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Partner
Kyle Danish advises a range of clients on environmental and energy matters, with a special focus on regulation, permitting, enforcement, and legislation under the Clean Air Act, corporate…
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Partner
Patrick Daugherty is an experienced litigator who has helped clients navigate both simple and complex litigation cases involving a variety of industries across the country.  He focuses on…
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Associate
Tiffanie Ellis (she/her) is an associate in our land use practice where she represents both public and private-sector clients in a variety of land use, natural resources, and litigation…
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Van Ness Feldman has extensive experience litigating complex cases encompassing a number of distinct disciplines including environment and natural resource. The firm’s trial and appellate…
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Partner
Mike Farber has twenty years of experience, both as a partner in private practice and as a government official, in rapidly assessing, investigating, and resolving compliance issues across a…
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Principal, Governmental Affairs, Energy and Environmental Policy
Shelley Fidler supports clients at the law firm of Van Ness Feldman in Washington, D.C. operating at the intersection of business and government in areas as diverse as foreign trade,…
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Director, Governmental Issues
Tiffany Ganthier is an experienced public policy professional providing strategic advice and representation on local, state & federal legislative and regulatory issues.  Her portfolio…
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Partner
With over 30 years of experience, Michael Goodstein’s practice includes environmental legal issues arising under federal, state, local, and tribal environmental laws, including regulatory…
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Senior Director
Stuart Hall is part of Van Ness Feldman's policy team and focuses on energy and transportation and infrastructure issues. In addition, she also supports the Coal Utilization Research…
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Associate
Laura focuses her practice on American Indian law, including economic development work, federal regulatory issues, environmental compliance, and federal-tribal consultation, as well as a…
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Partner
Tyson Kade represents clients before federal agencies and state and federal courts on a broad range of matters involving natural resources, pipeline safety, and energy law. Tyson provides…
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Legislative Assistant
Clayton Kaier helps clients understand and navigate the international trade policy landscape through first-hand knowledge of U.S. trade policy development. Clayton assists clients by…
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Partner
Molly counsels public and private clients in all facets of land use law. Her practice includes helping clients navigate divergent federal, state and local statutes and regulations,…
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Partner
Ray provides strategic counsel on land use and environmental issues.  In working with both private and public sector clients, Ray develops strategies based on project goals, negotiates with…
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Principal
Nancy Macan McNally is a leading member of the firm’s government relations team. Her practice focuses on developing and managing government policy programs for Fortune 500 companies,…
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Associate
Travis Malesky focuses his practice on energy regulatory law. Travis assists clients in a variety of federal regulatory matters related to the natural gas and electric utility industries,…
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Principal
Tracy is a forceful advocate for clients in need of effective communications with the federal government on public policy matters in the climate change, clean technology, transportation,…
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Van Ness Feldman LLP has served Alaska Native and American Indian communities and the businesses they own and operate since the day the firm opened its doors in 1977.  Among the firm’s very…
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Partner
Brian O'Neill has practiced in the energy area for more than 35 years. He primarily represents natural gas, oil, and LNG companies, pipelines, and electric utilities on regulatory matters…
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Partner
Susan Olenchuk represents clients on regulatory, safety, enforcement, and policy issues under the Pipeline Safety Laws, as well as under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and the Natural Gas…
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Partner
Marlys’ practice focuses on matters arising under major federal and state environmental, energy, and natural resources statutes. Drawing on a comprehensive understanding of science and…
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Associate
Justin Panitchpakdi helps clients navigate difficult environmental and insurance coverage matters and has represented them in federal and state courts, in mediation, and administrative…
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Associate
Liberty is an associate in our land use practice where she provides counsel to both public and private-sector clients on federal, state, and local land use and environmental regulations.…
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Associate
Patrick Reimherr is an associate in the Public Policy and Energy Practice Groups where he assists clients with navigating regulatory and legislative matters and  compliance with federal,…
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Partner
Terese (T.C.) Richmond has over 30 years' experience representing state and local governmental agencies in Washington and Arizona. Her practice focuses on environmental law, land use, water…
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Partner
Susan Shyne has nearly 30 years’ experience representing public and private clients in a wide variety of real estate transactions. Her practice includes counseling owners, buyers, and…
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Partner
Jonathan Simon represents clients before the courts, Congress, and federal agencies on a broad range of matters involving natural resources, public lands, environmental, and energy law. …
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Partner
Mona focuses her practice on oil and product pipelines, natural gas, and electric utility regulation. This encompasses all aspects of project development and acquisitions, project siting…
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Energy Analyst
Mealear Tauch provides support for the firm's hydropower practice by assisting with the preparation of license and permit applications and motions and pleadings before the FERC and federal…
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Partner
Andrew VanderJack's practice focuses on public lands and natural resource law and policy. Andrew provides counsel to clients on legislative and administrative matters involving Congress,…
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Director, Governmental Issues
Michael Weiner helps clients understand and shape the public policy landscape that affects their industries and policy goals.  Michael assists clients in navigating federal policy…
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Senior Counsel
David's practice focuses on the issues involved with use of, interconnection with and development of the interstate transmission grid as well as wholesale electric power transactions. He…
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Partner
With almost three decades of experience, Brian Zagon assists clients in the environmental counseling, environmental litigation and insurance coverage arenas. Since 2008, he has represented…
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Of Counsel
Chris has a wide-ranging electric practice that includes regular involvement in both regulatory proceedings and transactions. Chris provides counsel on transactions, due diligence, and…
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The National Law Review names Van Ness Feldman a 2022 Go-To Thought Leader in the field of environmental law for their coverage of this year’s changes to NEPA regulations. On April 20, 2022, the Council on Environmental Quality published a final rule reversing strategic changes made under the Trump administration; authors Rachael L. Lipinski, Jenna R. Mandell-Rice, Molly A. Lawrence, and Jonathan D. Simon detailed at-length the changes that companies should expect once the regulations went into effect, as well as the overall impact the new policy would have going forward.

The National Law Review selected ​​Xena Burwell, Melinda M. Meade Meyers, Tyson C. Kade, and Michael A. Swiger of Van Ness Feldman as a Go-To Thought Leaders for 2021 for their timely and informative Hydro Newsletters which provide must-read updates for stakeholders in the industry.  The Energy Law experts at Van Ness Feldman highlight key cases impacting hydroelectric power, as well as FERC regulations, and NLR's readers appreciate the firm’s efforts to break down the latest issues impacting the hydropower industry. 

Van Ness Feldman LLP has been selected for the 2018 NLR Go-To Thought Leadership Award for their coverage of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Van Ness Feldman LLP consistently writes in-depth legal analysis on the complex compliance issues and changes surrounding the CWA.  Van Ness' Government Relations Agency group's deep experience with regulatory agencies, policy developments, and compliance is why their analysis is a Go-To for NLR Readers and a mainstay of our energy and environmental coverage. 

 

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