Brian R. Levey assists clients in navigating complex permitting and compliance issues that arise under a host of federal environmental statutes and regulations. He also advocates for clients during related litigation and administrative rulemakings, including at the US Supreme Court.
Brian advises clients on matters that arise under the Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental statutes. He assists applicants in obtaining and defending federal permits for complicated energy and development projects.
He represents a diverse set of companies and trade associations from a wide variety of industry sectors, including electric utilities, oil and gas, renewables, agriculture, mining, consumer products, housing and commercial development.
Brian has experience advocating for clients by drafting comments on administrative rulemakings and engaging with federal agencies on the development of key policies.
Prior to joining the firm, Brian was a law clerk in the Office of General Counsel of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
He also has experience in two government agencies, as a law clerk at the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, and in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Energy, where he was the deputy director of scheduling and advance as well as the special assistant to the Secretary of Energy.
Brian is a contributor to the firm’s Nickel Report blog.
- Advises residential and commercial developers on the regulatory requirements under CWA section 404, ESA section 7, and the ESA section 10 incidental take permit process.
- Advises interstate natural gas pipeline companies on permitting requirements under the National Historic Preservation Act, CWA, and NEPA
- Represents interstate natural gas pipeline company in litigation regarding CWA section 404 authorization and state CWA section 401 water quality certification
- Defends hydroelectric facility owned and operated by major northern California utility in response to ESA citizen suit
- Drafts comments on behalf of coalition groups on important policy developments under the CWA, ESA, and NEPA, including the scope of federally regulated “waters of the United States”
- Prepares amicus briefs on behalf of coalition groups for important CWA litigation, including at the US Supreme Court
- JD, The George Washington University Law School, with honors, Associate, George Washington Law Review, 2015
- BA, The George Washington University, magna cum laude, 2007
- District of Columbia
- Deputy Director, Scheduling and Advance, US Department of Energy
- Special Assistant, Secretary of Energy, US Department of Energy
- Intern, Office of Senator George Voinovich (R-OH)
- Member, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association
- Member, Energy Bar Association
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