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.
Counsel to a non-profit organization representing consumer-owned electric systems that purchase federal hydropower and resources before Congress and the Administration.
National Advisory Board member for Romney for President (2012)
Executive Committee, World Forum on Shooting Activities (2014)
Building Back BetterContributor, Brownstein Client Alert
The CLEAN Future Act of 2021: An In-Depth LookBrownstein Client Alert, March 4, 2021
Executive Order Pauses Federal Fossil Fuel Leasing, Encourages Renewable DevelopmentBrownstein Client Alert, January 28, 2021
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Under a Biden AdministrationBrownstein Client Alert, November 13, 2020
EPA Releases Revised Rule Impacting Federal Jurisdiction Over WatersBrownstein Client Alert, January 24, 2020
Bipartisan Bill Could Increase Renewable Energy Development on Public LandsBrownstein Client Alert, July 25, 2019
The Nondelegation Doctrine And Enviro Regs, Post-GundyCo-author, Law360, July 18, 2019
Under the Gavel: What Every Company Needs to Know About Oversight in the New CongressBrownstein Client Alert, November 29, 2018
Uinta Basin Energy Summit Keynote Speaker (2015)
SAF Defender of Liberty Award (2014)
Virginia Business Legal Elite (2012)