Van Smith advises electric utilities and other energy sector participants on a wide variety of energy regulatory matters. He represents transmission providers and generators before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in litigated proceedings under the Federal Power Act, and counsels clients on interconnection and transmission disputes, regulatory issues associated with the development of major transmission projects, compliance with tariff and organized market rules, and market-based rate authority.  He also provides counsel on energy derivatives regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act, and assists market participants on transactional matters involving commodity master trading agreements such as the ISDA and NAESB agreements.  He also advises appliance and other consumer products manufacturers on compliance with the Department of Energy’s mandatory energy efficiency standards.


Georgetown University Law Center J.D., 2011

Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies M.A., 2011

Duke University B.S.E., 2001