Mike Swiger represents a broad cross-section of entities with interests in energy and water development before federal agencies and the presidential administration, the U.S. Congress, and the federal courts. These include investor-owned utilities, state power authorities, municipal utilities, water agencies and irrigation districts, independent power developers, and others.

Mike has substantial experience on the full range of issues associated with major energy and water projects. He currently is involved in several major hydroelectric license proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). His litigation experience includes both appellate litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court and various U.S. courts of appeal, litigation in the federal district courts, and agency trial-type proceedings. Mike also has been involved in numerous agency rulemakings and legislative policy matters relating to hydroelectric licensing.

Mike is active in various water and power trade associations and is a former Advisory Member of the Board of Directors of the National Hydropower Association. In 2005, he was named a Leading Energy Lawyer in the Washington, DC area by The Legal Times (Vol. XXVIII, No. 20). He has written and spoken extensively on regulatory and environmental issues affecting energy and water development. 

Mike is the coordinator of Van Ness Feldman's Hydroelectric practice.


Yale Law School J.D., 1982

Yale University M.A., 1982
M.Phil., 1982

Kenyon College A.B., summa cum laude, 1977