Frederick R. Eames advocates for clients before Congress and federal agencies, devising and executing strategies that advance their interests with regard to legislation, rulemakings and permitting.
Success in the federal arena depends on trust, which Fred has built by delivering solutions that blend a keen understanding of a client’s business, the law in question and the policy considerations that underpin it.
Clients trust Fred for his insightful and practical know-how acquired from years spent as counsel to the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. That experience significantly informs his advocacy in the energy and environmental arena, where he works on electricity policy, carbon capture and sequestration, electric transmission, climate change, environmental risk management, infrastructure permitting, biomass, and waste issues.
Fred is also intimately involved in shaping privacy and cybersecurity policy. He has worked on data breach notice and security legislation and a variety of related bills affecting the use and management of personal information. He has also drafted legislation and regulations relating to the critical infrastructure industry.
A variety of clients in the financial services arena call on Fred for counsel on banking, insurance, money management, real estate, and electronic payments.
As a respected professional in his field, Fred writes and speaks regularly on issues related to his practice. He is also editor of and a frequent contributor to the firm’s Nickel Report blog.
- Led a multi-industry coalition to promote for the development and financing of carbon capture and storage projects.
- Has authored federal CCS risk management and regulatory legislation, and drafted legislation for several states.
- Represents energy companies before Congress and federal agencies on key issues, primarily in energy policy and environmental issues.
- Represents a leading information services company on federal legislation on privacy, information security, and related information policy issues.
- Led a utility industry coalition effort to gain federal provisions promoting transmission infrastructure expansion, needed to support electric reliability and competitive markets, and advises clients on federal role in electric transmission siting and in obtaining federal environmental reviews and approvals for transmission projects.
- Directed preparation of a national energy strategy on behalf of a prominent business group.
- Guided clients through high-profile congressional investigations, including investigations of the 2003 power outage affecting customers in the Northeast, Midwest and Canada; a boardroom surveillance controversy; and a nuclear safety investigation.
- Navigated clients through NEPA and other federal and state environmental compliance requirements for construction of a major linear infrastructure project through a National Wildlife Refuge.
- Brought about congressional review of barriers to competition in the real estate industry and their effects on consumers, where residential market fees exceed $60 billion annually.
- Directed effort resulting in enactment of federal legislation to reduce filing burdens and encourage investment in affordable housing.
- Assisted an electric utility in obtaining a Department of Energy emergency declaration and timely approvals for new infrastructure to preserve reliable electric power supply for Washington DC.
- Negotiated statutory provisions resolving a key Superfund liability conflict for Fox River cleanup, where damages were expected to exceed $200 million.
- Served as House of Representatives Committee Counsel on Superfund reform, brownfields, and interstate waste and flow control issues and energy and water efficiency;
- Led House of Representatives effort to enact rechargeable battery recycling law.
- JD, The George Washington University, 1994
- BA, Allegheny College, Alden Scholar; Academic All American, 1986
- District of Columbia
- Press Secretary, Ohio Senate
- Counsel, US Representative Mike Oxley
- Legislative Director, US Representative Paul Gillmor
- Counsel, US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee
- Commissioner, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
- Commissioner, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, 2003 – 2009
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