McGrath, William J.

Bill draws on his legal and government experience to navigate the private sector through the legislative, regulatory, and congressional oversight processes. He deploys proven strategies to overcome the toughest obstacles that arise when government and industry converge, and leverages his expertise to proactively identify business opportunities and forge pathways to profitability. As a member of the firm’s Energy, Environment and Resource Strategies (EERS) Group, he drives complex natural resources and infrastructure projects through the federal permitting process and streamlines them by providing strategic insight in the early planning stages and by engaging agency officials to generate and preserve momentum. Bill’s methods deliver results; his representation has contributed to the successful permitting of multiple largescale infrastructure ventures, from mining to renewable energy. He is also adept at positioning clients looking to contract with the federal government on recreation projects, and navigates competing third-party interests to prevent roadblocks.

Prior to joining the firm, Bill served as the staff director for the Interior, Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. There he engaged on some of the country’s most high-profile natural resources issues, including serving as the lead investigator into the Flint water crisis, spearheading the committee’s investigation into the KeystoneXL pipeline and exposing the flawed rulemaking process underpinning the Clean Water Rule. He also worked alongside officials at the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Forest Service on energy and environmental policy matters.

In addition to his tenure in government, Bill worked as legislative counsel for a non-profit organization, representing the group on environmental and administrative law cases involving the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

Representative Matters
News & Events

National Advisory Board member for Romney for President (2012)

Executive Committee, World Forum on Shooting Activities (2014)

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law
  • B.A., Williams College
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Virginia

Uinta Basin Energy Summit Keynote Speaker (2015)

SAF Defender of Liberty Award (2014)

Virginia Business Legal Elite (2012)