Patrick Daugherty and R. Scott Nuzum Named Of Counsel to Van Ness Feldman

September 6, 2016

Van Ness Feldman LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick Daugherty and R. Scott Nuzum have been named Of Counsel to the firm. Both Mr. Daugherty and Mr. Nuzum will continue to work with the firm’s Pipeline, Oil & Gas Development and Compliance teams in their new roles.

Firm Chairman, Richard Agnew congratulated the pair on their new promotions, stating, “Patrick and Scott’s work embodies the quality for which the firm is known.  Their promotions are a result of their exemplary dedication, in depth knowledge, and service to their colleagues and clients.  We look forward to their continued success and accomplishments.”

Mr. Daugherty works with clients in all phases of civil and administrative litigation and has counseled companies facing inquiries from a variety of government agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Patrick also previously served as a prosecutor in the White Collar Fraud unit of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, and his litigation experience will continue to be a cornerstone of his practice.  He holds a J.D. from the Washington University School of Law and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Missouri.  Mr. Daugherty can be reached at 202-298-1810 or via email at

Mr. Nuzum draws from time spent in both policy and legal positions at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of the Interior to provide strategic counsel to oil and gas companies on project leasing, siting and development, on safety and environmental management systems (SEMS) compliance, and on financial assurance and decommissioning activities.  He holds a J.D. from the University Of Miami School Of Law and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Florida.   Mr. Nuzum can be reached at 202-298-1951 or via email at  

In addition to their existing practice focuses, Mr. Daugherty and Mr. Nuzum also will work closely with new partner, Michael Farber and with Michael Platner, Senior Tax Counsel, to bolster the range of services that Van Ness Feldman can provide to companies operating in the oil and gas space. 


With over 100 professionals in Washington, DC and Seattle, Van Ness Feldman is a recognized national leader focused on law and policy relating to energy, the environment, natural resources, land use, and real estate. Clients benefit from the firm’s strategic and substantive approach to problem-solving, as well as from our professionals’ deep understanding of our clients’ industries and business imperatives. The firm excels at large-scale project development, as well as in representing clients on their day-to-day commercial, regulatory, litigation, and policy needs. Learn more at

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