Mona focuses her practice on oil and product pipelines, natural gas, and electric utility regulation. This encompasses all aspects of project development and acquisitions, project siting and permitting, environmental concerns, contract negotiations and transactional issues, tariffs, ratemaking and regulatory rate litigation. Mona also advises clients on general corporate matters and legislative issues, including corporate governance, infrastructure security, and risk management. In addition, Mona assists residential and commercial appliance manufacturers in navigating federal and state energy efficiency regulations and the ENERGY STAR program. Specifically, she helps clients request waivers from, and changes to, energy efficiency standards to fit unique circumstances and accommodate advanced technologies; resolve energy efficiency enforcement actions; and develop legislative advocacy strategies and policy recommendations. Another aspect of Mona’s practice deals with the improved relations between the United States and Cuba, which have created potentially lucrative opportunities for U.S. businesses in Cuba and with Cuban nationals. Mona is well versed on the U.S. rules relating to Cuba, and advises clients who are interested in doing business with Cuba. Her practice also includes advising clients on U.S. customs and trade issues.

Mona represents clients before the:

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Commerce
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • State and Federal Courts 
  •  Department of Treasury
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
              

Prior to returning to Van Ness Feldman, where she practiced for the first 10 years of her career, Mona served as Senior Legal Counsel to TransCanada. In that position, she managed U.S. federal and state regulatory issues and governmental affairs for the company’s oil and natural gas pipeline business and Western power business. She advised the company on strategic and regulatory compliance matters, including those related to rates, capacity access, open seasons, tariffs, terms of service, transportation agreements, and commercial arrangements. Mona’s work also included advising clients regarding cross-border issues, focusing on efficient and effective management. Her project work with TransCanada included infrastructure projects in the State of Alaska. In addition to her work with pipelines and the power business, Mona managed global customs and international trade issues for the company.

Mona is an active participant in the firm’s pro bono practice and a member of the diversity committee.  She also serves as one of the firm’s Associate Coordinators, whose responsibilities include managing the firm’s associates.

Areas of Focus

Education

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business; Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service; ESADE Business School Global Executive MBA, 2012

University of Texas School of Law J.D., 2002

University of Virginia B.A., 1998