Capabilities
Legislative and Public Policy

Energy and Environment

Our Legislative and Public Policy team works on cutting-edge energy and environmental policy issues pending in Congress and the Administration to advance and protect client interests. We represent a diverse group of stakeholders, including consumer product manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers, natural resource developers, and electric vehicle charging manufacturers across a broad range of issues. Our work for these clients cuts across legislative, regulatory, and legal boundaries and requires a deep understanding of the federal statutes governing major energy and environment debates, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and other key pieces of legislation. We also have a strong track record of working in close partnership with congressional leaders—including the key authorizing committees in the House and Senate—to impact the federal regulatory process at the Department of Energy, particularly in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Additionally, as part of the Legislative and Public Policy practice, our California Government Affairs team in Sacramento also frequently lobbies the California Legislature on high-stakes environmental, energy and chemical legislation, including California's cap-and-trade program, the 100 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS), and ingredient disclosure mandates for consumer products. Our California Government Affairs team also lobbies key state regulatory agencies on complex environmental and chemical issues, including the California Protection Agency (CalEPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the Water Resources Control Board (WRCB), the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Conservation (DOC), the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and others.

Finally, as part of a global law firm with more than 1,000 attorneys, the Legislative and Public Policy team collaborates extensively with the firm's premier Environmental practice group, named Law360's "Environment Practice Group of the Year" in 2015. The group serves as primary or national environmental counsel to leading companies such as Honeywell, BP/ARCO, Whirlpool, Mosaic and PPL; and serves as special outside counsel to many others such as General Electric, Chrysler Group, Texas Pacific, Western Digital, Solutia/Eastman Chemical, Clean Harbors, CSX and SAIC.

Representative Matters

  • Facilitated amendment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, Congress’s first major update for the TSCA law on behalf of a consumer product manufacturer, and helped organize key legislative history to influence regulatory proceedings implementing the Act.
  • Led a multi-stakeholder, bipartisan negotiation between energy efficiency advocates, environmentalists, and industry representatives to secure key energy efficiency language in S. 2012 and its House counterpart, as part of the congressional effort to pass comprehensive energy reform in the 114th Congress.
  • Created a favorable political environment that led to congressional oversight of the EPA and DOJ role implementing a consent decree related to litigation between Volkswagen and the US government, and spearheaded advocacy related to follow-up oversight in the same proceeding.
  • Developed and executed a comprehensive public policy strategy for a natural resource developer in connection with a high-profile federal land management proceeding involving the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and a variety of corporate and public service oriented stakeholders.
  • Participated in a successful legislative coalition to extend the timeline for implementation of the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone under the Clean Air Act, through both appropriations language and passage of H.R. 4775 in 2016.
  • Led coalition of approximately 100 organizations before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ensure that its forthcoming Risk Communication document under the AB 2588 Air Toxic Hot Spots Program accurately characterizes facility risk.
  • Represented a small business in strategic engagement with members of Congress with regard to oversight of contracting issues at the Department of Energy.
  • Led coalition of renewable energy companies, real estate developers, and public agencies in successfully securing amendments to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) legislation regarding Native American sacred sites.
  • Represented an international power developer and energy storage operator in a cross-border transactional dispute before Congress and the Executive Branch.
  • Advised a vertically integrated, multinational energy and chemical company regarding US energy and environmental policy developments and the impact of those developments on the company’s domestic and international projects.
  • Counseled a public utility regarding federal energy and environmental policy that would impact the utility and ratepayers, including greenhouse gas emission standards for new and existing power plants proposed by the EPA.
  • Executed a comprehensive congressional and regulatory strategy to lift a burdensome administrative order imposed by the Bureau of Land Management that threatened to disrupt operations for a developing gold mine in Nevada.
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