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Areas of Practice
- Climate Change, Clean Technology, & Renewable Energy
- Energy Regulation & Compliance
- Environment, Natural Resources, & Public Lands
- Government Relations & Public Policy
- J.D., Yale Law School, 1997
- B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1994 (Phi Beta Kappa)
Bar and Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
Lisa Epifani advises a range of clients on energy and environmental matters, with a special focus on climate change strategy, oil and natural gas issues, nuclear policy, and financial regulations. Her clients include industry coalitions, financial institutions, oil and gas pipelines, and think tanks. Lisa’s thorough understanding of climate and energy policy combined with her political background provides clients with strategic solutions and thorough legal advice.
Before joining the firm in April 2009, Lisa spent ten years serving in key governmental roles and the business community, developing energy policy and strategy. She was appointed Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy (DOE) for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs by President George W. Bush. During her tenure, Lisa was DOE’s lead contact with Congressional Members and staff, and promoted the Administration’s energy policies, as well as negotiating positions on appropriations and authorization bills, such as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. She also worked closely with DOE program offices, including the Loan Guarantee Program office, to coordinate agency decisions and goals.
Lisa also served at the White House on the National Economic Council as a Special Assistant to the President. Before her Administration tenure, she was a lead Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staffer for then-Chairman Domenici, and worked on key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Lisa also spent time practicing energy law at another Washington, DC law firm.
Assistant Secretary, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, 2007-2009
Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, White House National Economic Council, 2006-2007
Counsel, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senate, 2003-2006
Senior Legislative Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, 2001-2003
Honors & Distinctions
- Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2009
"Nuclear Power at the Crossroads," Robert Nordhaus, Michael McBride, Lisa Epifani, The Environmental Forum, Vol. 30, No. 2 (March/April 2013).
Contributing Author, The AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies (2013)
- American Gas Association's Sixth Annual Energy Market Regulation Conference, October 3, 2013
- 92nd Annual Gas Processors Association Convention, April 7, 2013
- MIT Energy Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy hosts Women in Clean Energy Symposium, September 28, 2012
- 91st Annual GPA Convention, April 15, 2012
- American Gas Association 2011 Energy Market Regulation Conference, The Impact of Pipeline Safety Costs on Rates for Pipeline Services, September 22, 2011
- Carbon Forum Asia, October 27, 2010
- Lisa Epifani Presents on CFTC's Final Dodd-Frank Rules for Energy Regulation
- Van Ness Feldman's Lisa Epifani Quoted in SNL Energy
- Van Ness Feldman's Lisa Epifani quoted in National Journal on the Sierra Club's Expanding Natural-Gas Reform Campaign
- Van Ness Feldman's Lisa Epifani Quoted in SNL Financial on LNG Exports
- Van Ness Feldman Advises Blackstone on Regulatory Issues Associated with Potential $2 Billion Equity Investment in the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project
- Van Ness Feldman's Lisa Epifani Featured in E&ETV