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VanNess Feldman Welcomes Lawrence Acker and Brian O'Neill to the Firm's DC Offices


We proudly announce the additions of Lawrence Acker and Brian O’Neill to the firm’s Washington, DC office.  They bring over 60 years combined experience representing natural gas and electric power industry participants before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), and federal courts.

Mr. Acker has substantial experience with FERC authorizations for major gas and electric projects; FERC enforcement investigations; appellate litigation; compliance planning; contract formation and disputes; and rate, tariff, and refund matters. He works regularly and closely with clients’ senior corporate executives and counsel on complex matters. Among his clients are natural gas and LNG project developers, interstate pipelines, pipeline shippers, local distribution companies, natural gas and electric power trading companies, and electric utilities. He is the principal author of The AGA FERC Manual:  A Guide for Local Distribution CompaniesMr. Acker is recognized as a leading lawyer in Energy Law by Best Lawyers and is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA for both Oil & Gas and Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation).  Mr. Acker can be reached at 202.298.1915 or lga@vnf.com.   

Mr. O’Neill has practiced energy law for over 35 years, representing oil, gas, and LNG companies; intrastate pipelines; and electric utilities on regulatory, corporate, and commercial matters. His litigation expertise includes matters involving regulatory proceedings, project development, and contracts. He is a contributing author of The AGA FERC Manual:  A Guide for Local Distribution Companies.  Mr. O’Neill is ranked as a Senior Statesman for Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) by Chambers Global and Chambers USA and as a leading lawyer in Energy Law by Best Lawyers. In addition, The Legal Times recognized Mr. O’Neill as a top energy lawyer in Washington, DC.  Mr. O'Neill can be reached at 202.298.1983 or bdo@vnf.com.  


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