Julia Wood has focused her practice primarily on hydroelectric and electric power matters since joining the firm in 2003.  She provides strategic counsel to a broad variety of electric industry participants, including state and municipal entities, investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, and power marketers.  She advises clients on issues involving the Federal Power Act (FPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), and other federal statutes affecting energy and water development. Julia is a co-coordinator of Van Ness Feldman's Hydroelectric practice.

Julia has significant experience with the regulation of hydroelectric projects under Part I of the FPA before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal and state regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal.  She assists clients on project development, licensing, compliance, and in the negotiation of multi-party licensing settlement agreements.  She currently serves as counsel in a number of hydroelectric relicensing proceedings before FERC, including for three of the largest pumped storage projects in the country.   

Julia’s expertise extends well beyond Part I of the FPA.  She also assists electric industry clients on Part II of the FPA, including on the acquisition and sale of power projects, market-based rate authorization, and related regulatory requirements before FERC.  In addition, she provides counsel on energy regulatory and environmental matters to developers of offshore energy projects before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other federal and state agencies.

Julia is an active member of the National Hydropower Association, where she has served as Co-Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Ocean, Tidal, and New Technologies Council, and of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association, American Bar Association, and Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. 

Since 2018, Julia has been recognized in The Legal 500 and recommended for her energy regulatory work.


American University, Washington College of Law J.D., cum laude, 2003

Dickinson College B.A., magna cum laude, 1997
Phi Beta Kappa