Van Smith assists clients with legal formation of the association and on governance matters, including the creation of bylaws and other necessary corporate policies. He has provided these services to several tax-exempt organizations in many jurisdictions, and has advised tax-exempt organizations in a variety of contexts, including initial qualification for tax-exempt status and on operational matters. Van also advises clients including electric utilities, consumer and industrial products manufacturers, and trade associations on a broad range of federal energy and environmental regulatory matters. He provides counsel on electric regulatory matters under the Federal Power Act, energy derivatives regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act, Environmental Protection Agency  regulations under the Clean Air Act, and the Department of Energy’s mandatory energy efficiency standards. He also practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission , the Commodity Futures Trading Commission , and represents clients in agency rulemakings, administrative and appellate litigation, and enforcement proceedings.


Georgetown University Law Center J.D., 2011

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

Duke University B.S.E., 2001