Government Relations and Policy at Van Ness Feldman

Professional Biography

For four decades, Van Ness Feldman professionals have been involved in every major debate on energy policy and environmental policy.  The founders’ vision was to provide a unique approach to legal and public policy practice—one based on substantive knowledge and deep experience with the subject matter, and not just on “insider” access to regulatory agencies and legislators.  Van Ness Feldman has not wavered from this vision, and today has over 100 attorneys and policy professionals engaged in some of the most dynamic and ground-breaking policy matters affecting our nation.

Clients, including leading energy and industrial companies, financial institutions and investment funds, municipalities, trade associations, and coalitions, rely on the firm for its substantive knowledge, strategic policy guidance, and legislative advocacy on cutting-edge matters.  The firm is also active in helping clients secure federal financial support, either through appropriations or other funding vehicles. Confirming the firm’s unique value proposition, U.S. News/Best Lawyers placed the firm in its top tier for Washington, D.C. Government Relations practices.

The lawyers and lobbyists who comprise Van Ness Feldman’s bipartisan team have served as legal counsel and policy advisors to the members of Congress and Congressional committees, White House staff, and presidential appointees to federal agencies in both the Democratic and Republican administrations that developed many of our nation’s most important energy, environmental, and natural resources laws.

With the complexities and uncertainties inherent in a fluctuating energy economy, the issues on which Van Ness Feldman’s Government Relations practice serves its clients have never been more complex – or more critical. The firm’s lawyers and policy professionals are significantly involved in all of the current legislative and federal agency discussions on issues such as climate change and EPA regulation, clean energy standards, energy efficiency and smart grid, energy security, health care, pipeline safety, offshore energy resources, nuclear energy policy, carbon capture and storage, biofuels, access to Alaska’s vast natural resources and energy supply, and others.

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The National Law Review recognizes Van Ness Feldman’s Government Relations and Policy Practice group as a Go-To Thought Leader for the group’s analysis of various candidates’ environmental platforms, as well as reporting on pertinent legislation and executive orders. Specifically Van Ness Feldman authors provided a detailed analysis of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act as well as President Trump’s Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery (EO 13924) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following Van Ness Feldman authors were the most frequent contributors on legislative and public policy news: Kyle W. DanishTracy Nagelbush Tolk, Terese (T.C.) Richmond and Michael Weiner.


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