Government Relations & Policy

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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Professionals

Richard A. Agnew

Partner and Chairman

Washington D.C.

202.298.1815

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Shannon Angielski

Principal, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1825

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James P. Bayot

Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1838

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Keturah A. Brown

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1844

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Norman D. Dicks

Senior Policy Advisor

Washington D.C.

202.298.1855

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Michael D. Farber

Partner

Washington D.C.

202-298-1803

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Howard J. Feldman

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1828

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Shelley N. Fidler

Principal, Governmental Affairs, Energy and Environmental Policy

Washington D.C.

202.298.1905

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Herman J. Gesser, III

Policy Advisor

Washington D.C.

202-298-1926

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Patricia F. Godley

Senior Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1940

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H. Thomas Greene

Senior Policy Advisor

Washington D.C.

202.298.1958

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Stuart C. Hall

Senior Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1959

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Marianne M. Helms

Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1890

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Mary L. Landrieu

Senior Policy Advisor

Washington D.C.

202-298-1950

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Ben L. McMakin

Principal, Managing Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1956

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Nancy Macan McNally

Principal, Managing Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1892

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Danielle B. Mercurio

Senior Policy and Industry Analyst

Washington D.C.

202-298-1861

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Alan L. Mintz

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1837

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Tracy A. Nagelbush

Principal, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1937

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R. Scott Nuzum

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1951

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Michael L. Platner

Senior Tax Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1988

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Tom Roberts

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1930

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Howard E. Shapiro

Senior Advisor

Washington D.C.

202.298.1884

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Sue D. Sheridan

Senior Policy Consultant

Washington D.C.

202.298.3718

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Jonathan D. Simon

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1932

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Jordan A. Smith

Senior Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1914

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Robert G. Szabo

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1920

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Sean A. Taylor

Senior Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202-298-1869

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Michael Weiner

Legislative Assistant

Washington D.C.

202.298.1848

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Ben Yamagata

Senior Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1857

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James W. Ziglar

Senior Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1802

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News

Senator Landrieu on Houston Recovery: Lessons from Katrina

For 13th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

Van Ness Feldman Appoints Nancy Macan McNally Managing Principal of the Washington, DC Office

Kyle Danish Co-Authors Article on Trump Regulatory Reform Agenda

Van Ness Feldman Receives Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2017 Rankings

Van Ness Feldman Proud to Play a Key Role in Bringing Cuban Musicians to Jazz Fest

Van Ness Feldman Hosts a Successful Take Your Child to Work Day

Van Ness Feldman Elects One New Principal, Five New Partners

Van Ness Feldman Named a "Best Law Firm in the US" for 2017

For 12th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

Powering the Future - Introducing Our 2016 Summer Class

The Legal 500 Names Van Ness Feldman Top Tier Energy Regulatory Firm

Shannon Angielski Testifies at Republican Policy Committee on Clean Energy Innovation

Van Ness Feldman Receives Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2016 Rankings

Norm Dicks Recipient of Homer T. Bone Award

Senator Mary Landrieu Interviewed in Politico Pro

Van Ness Feldman Welcomes Sean Taylor to Government Relations Team

Van Ness Feldman Named a "Best Law Firm in the US" for 2016

For 11th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

Van Ness Feldman Welcomes Senator Mary Landrieu

Van Ness Feldman Receives Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2015 Rankings

Shannon Angielski Appointed to the National Coal Council

Van Ness Feldman Ranked as a "Best Law Firm in the US" by US News & World Report

Van Ness Feldman Client Skyonic to Open Carbon Capture Reuse Facility

McKesson Helps Fight Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone

For 10th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

Former Congressman Norm Dicks Remembers Billy Frank, Jr.

Partner Bob Szabo Featured in Railway Age

Van Ness Feldman Named "Best Law Firm" in Multiple Categories for 2014

For 9th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

26 Van Ness Feldman Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America for 2013

Events

Electric Transmission in the West

AWEA Windpower Conference

2016 Northwest Aerospace & Defense Symposium

U.S. Energy Policy in the 2016 Elections and Beyond: Incremental or Transformational?

National Water Resources Association

Energy Exports in the Pacific Northwest

AGA Legal Forum 2015

HydroVision International 2015

The Clean Power Plan & Hydro Power: How EPA's Proposed 111(d) Rule Impacts Hydro

Preparing for Climate Change - New Regulations and New Litigation

Energy in California: New Policy Drivers, Opportunities and Challenges

Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: Implications for the Energy Sector

Greenhouse Gas Regulation: EPA Takes Center Stage (Webinar)

Alerts

This Time it Could Happen: Comprehensive Tax Reform…

Congress Takes Another Step Forward to Promote Automated Vehicle Technology Deployment - Senate Committee Advances Legislation to Support the Development of Highly Automated Vehicles

Federal Government Takes Steps to Shape Rules for Automated Vehicles

Navigating Tax and Economic Recovery Packages after Hurricane Harvey

Trump Order Sets Up Rollback of Obama Energy and Climate Action

Tax Reform – The Big Picture

Trump Executive Order Starts Review and Potential Revision of the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) Rule

Administration Takes an Initial Step in its Regulatory Reform Agenda

Executive Actions May Impact the Future of Energy Infrastructure Projects and Domestic Manufacturing

House of Representatives Prioritize Actions to Reform the Regulatory Process

Presidential Transition and Potential Executive Actions

How will a Trump Administration Re-set U.S. Climate Policies?

2016 Election Results: Impacts of the Presidential and Congressional Races

Use of Drones for Monitoring and Inspection of Energy Infrastructure

House Republicans Outline Vision for Tax Reform

Recap of Washington Legislative Session: Not For the Faint of Heart

President Signs Permanent Tax Relief for Businesses and Working Americans

Congress Establishes Federal Permitting Reforms for Major Infrastructure Projects

Transportation Infrastructure Law Includes Provisions on Energy Security

Washington State's 2015 Legislative Session: Update

COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY LEGISLATION

BLM Contemplates Oil and Gas Royalty Reform

Policy Outlook for 2015

Budget Reconciliation - What is it and Why does it Matter?

113th Congress Adjourns Sine Die; 114th Congress Commences January 6, 2015

Down to the Wire: Congress Poised to Advance Must Pass Legislation Prior to Adjournment

Weekend Voting in Louisiana Adds Three More Republican Victories in Congress - Lame Duck Session Continues

Legislative Progress in the Lame Duck Session; Organization for the 114th Congress Continues

Update on Election Results, the Lame Duck Session and Organizational Decisions for the 114th Congress

Republicans Win Big in National Elections: Attention Turns to Lame Duck Session

Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community: A Positive Outcome for Tribes with Important Lessons for the Future

Van Ness Feldman Receives Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2014 Rankings

White House Releases Third U.S. National Climate Assessment

Senator Landrieu Convenes Hearing to Keep the Lights On

Final Environmental Analysis for Keystone XL Pipeline Project Elevates Climate Change Issues

President Reaffirms Support for "All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy, Announces Initiative to Streamline Energy Infrastructure Permitting

OUTLOOK 2014: KEY POLICY DEVELOPMENTS

Chairman Baucus Releases Energy Tax Reform Draft

Government Shut-down: Update #6: The Government Opens and Debt Default Is Avoided

Federal Agencies to Implement Contingency Plans Following Government Shut-down: Update #5

Federal Agencies to Implement Contingency Plans Following Government Shut-down: Update #4

Federal Agencies to Implement Contingency Plans Following Government Shut-down: Update #3

Federal Agencies to Implement Contingency Plans Following Government Shut-down: Update #2

Federal Agencies to Implement Contingency Plans Following Government Shutdown

National Ocean Council Releases Final Ocean Policy Implementation Plan

FEMA Developing Procedures for Tribal Governments to Request Disaster Declarations

Obama Administration Moves Forward on Cybersecurity

President Signs Fiscal Cliff Deal

Supreme Court Holds EPA Must Consider States' Request for Climate Change Rule

Updates

Policy Update: A Period of Significant Development

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - September 11 - 24, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Aug. 28 - Sept. 10, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - August 14 - 27, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - August 1 - 13, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - July 16 - 30, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - May 15 - 28, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - May 1 - 14, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - April 17 - 30, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - March 5 - 19, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Feb. 18 - Mar. 5, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Jan. 30 - Feb. 12, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Jan. 1 - 15, 2014

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Nov. 7 - 20, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Oct. 10 - 23, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Sep. 19 - Oct. 9, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Sep. 3 - 18, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - July 18 - 31, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - July 4 - 17, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - June 20 - July 3, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - June 6 - 19, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - May 23 - June 5, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - May 9 - 22, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - April 25 - May 8, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - April 11-24, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - March 28 - April 10, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - March 13 - 27, 2013

Climate, Energy, & Air Update - January 31 - February 13, 2013