Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide
Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Denver and DC.
What the team is known for A regulatory powerhouse with experienced lawyers able to handle regulatory matters and litigation in areas such as electricity, oil and gas, and the nuclear sector. Its electricity lawyers focus on representing regulated utilities in matters related to FERC, the DOE and CFTC. It has a strong natural gas practice which is known for its representation of pipeline clients in regulatory matters. Its nuclear team is able to advise on the NRC, DOE and nuclear export matters. Also noted for the strength of its internationally focused mining practice.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What I appreciate is the broader perspective and nuance that they bring to the analysis of regulatory permitting issues. They really have a very reasoned and deliberate analysis. They can connect the dots; they understand that what you are focusing on is connected with other areas where you need to make progress."
"They tailor their level of response to what we need; these guys are really flexible and efficient."
Work highlights Advised Chevron Pipe Line in connection with its interest in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Its lawyers counseled the client on FERC and Regulatory Commission of Alaska matters.
Acted for Northeast Utilities to obtain a Presidential Permit for cross-border electricity transmission lines between Quebec and New England.
Represented Green Mountain Power in obtaining NRC approval for its merger with Gaz Metro.
Acted for BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal in relation to the sale of its subsidiary, BHP Navajo Coal.
Kevin Lipson is a regulatory attorney and litigator with a strong reputation in the natural gas sector. He advised NiSource in connection to a settlement, authorized by FERC, between an interstate pipeline and its customers, related to investment needed to modernize the pipeline. Sources say: "He is an outstanding adviser; he has a wealth of experience in the area and his judgment is very sound."
Patrick Nevins is noted for his regulatory and disputes experience in gas and liquid pipelines and LNG matters. He advised Dominion Cove Point LNG in relation to issues such as DOE and FERC approval for an LNG export terminal, in addition to civil litigation related to the project. "He has the full skill set: writing, oral advocacy, cross-examination and a wonderful demeanor to wrap it all together," notes one positive interviewee.
Daniel Stenger has a great deal of experience in issues such as nuclear licensing and dealing with the NRC and DOE. He acts for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group in connection with matters such as licensing, decommissioning and nuclear liability insurance. Sources say: "He brings added value because he thinks beyond the assignment and will offer me strategic context to my questions."
Ajay Kuntamukkala focuses on international trade and export control matters in relation to the nuclear industry. He represents clients before government bodies such as the DOE, the DOC and the Treasury. He advised Toshiba America Nuclear Energy in relation to nuclear export control. Commentators remark: "He is someone that understands the rules, is not needlessly adversarial, looks for solutions in the bounds of the regulations, and he has respect and credibility among the government personnel."
Stefan Krantz is a well-respected FERC regulatory lawyer with a client list that includes natural gas pipelines, natural gas storage companies, and oil and gas marketers. He advised TransCanada in relation to FERC regulatory and compliance matters, including rate cases and certificate hearings.
John Lilyestrom advises electricity clients in relation to FERC regulatory matters and NERC reliability standards. He acted for NV Energy in obtaining regulatory approval for its $5.6 billion acquisition by Mid-American Holdings. "He is an extraordinarily good writer, a very clever lawyer, and extraordinarily careful and organized," reports one source.
Mary Anne Sullivan is a regulatory lawyer whose experience across the energy sector is acknowledged by peers and clients. She was part of the Hogan Lovells team that advised Louisiana Energy Services in relation to regulatory and legislative issues connected to its development of a commercial uranium enrichment facility in New Mexico. Sources say: "She can rapidly understand any complex issue and craft a correct or common-sense approach to dealing with it from a legal perspective."
John Stough has a FERC and state-level regulatory practice. He is particularly noted for his representation of electricity utilities and lenders in the power sector. He advised Cleco, an electricity utility, in connection to matters such as the recovery of capital costs and tariff rates for transmission. "He is good at representing the client before the commission and he is a natural born negotiator," notes one interviewee.
Amy Roma is an associate in the firm's nuclear practice. She was part of the team that assisted NAC International with NRC and DOE issues related to its acquisition by Hitachi Zosen. Sources say: "She is very responsive and hard-working, very talented and also very experienced in licensing proceedings."
Significant clients Neutron Energy, Gen4Energy, California Independent System Operator, Anadarko, American Electric Power.