Howard L. Nelson: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Howard L. Nelson

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • Government Litigation
  • Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.331.3163
Fax: 202.261.4762
University State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., cum laude, 1978; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude, 1978
Law SchoolAmerican University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1981
Admitted1981, District of Columbia; 1982, New York (inactive); 1983, Maryland

Professional & Community Involvement

• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
• Member, Energy Bar Association
• Member, Maryland Bar Association

BornNew York, N.Y., July 15, 1955

Howard L. Nelson has more than 25 years of regulatory and litigation experience, the majority of which has been related to energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utility commissions and the Court of Appeals. His litigation experience includes representing several major interstate natural gas pipelines in agency hearings involving complex multiparty major rate cases, and in certificate, restructuring, tariff, gas quality, merger and interconnection proceedings. He also advises clients on all aspects of natural gas regulation, including the design of services and rates, negotiating and drafting contracts, strategic planning, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. Howard has also advised clients on liquefied natural gas and electric power regulatory issues. Finally, Howard represented customers of both natural gas pipelines and electric utilities and has briefed and argued several cases at the D.C. Circuit and 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Concentration

• Energy litigation
• Energy regulation

Awards & Recognition

• Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2015
• Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Energy - Regulatory and Transactions, 2015
• Team Member, a Law360 Appellate Practice Group of the Year, 2010

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Press Releases

06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
04.30.15 Eleven Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in Euromoney's 2015 ENERGY Expert Guide
01.20.15 Greenberg Traurig Team Focuses on Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law
06.05.14 Four Greenberg Traurig Washington, D.C. Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 171 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas
01.28.10 Greenberg Traurig Named an 'Appellate Group of the Year' by Law360
06.18.09 More than 150 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2009 Chambers and Partners USA Guide
07.07.08 More than 120 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2008 Chambers & Partners USA Guide

Published Articles

07.27.15 FERC Finds No Cause For Change In Its GHG Analysis


10.26.15 FERC Clarifies Prohibition on Buy/Sell Arrangements
07.10.15 FERC's Reaction to CEQ's Greenhouse Gas Guidance: For Now, Business as Usual
10.23.13 Recent FERC Regulated Pipeline Decisions
07.06.12 FERC Issues Series of Orders Addressing Allocation of Capacity and Rates Charged by Oil Pipelines
12.01.06 Court Vacates Natural Gas Pipeline Affiliate Standards of Conduct

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Howard has made presentations on various natural gas regulatory issues to member companies in the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America ( INGAA ). Other publications include:

• Author, Victims' Suits Against Government Entities and Officials for Reckless Release, 29 Am. U.L. Rev. 595, 1980

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Lead counsel in appeal of FERC Order No. 2004 affiliate standards of conduct rulemaking on behalf of interstate natural gas pipeline trade association. Briefed and argued case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit resulting in Court reversal of industry-wide rules requiring separation of functions and information sharing prohibitions. Lead counsel in appeal of FERC policy regarding the make-up of proxy groups for purposes of setting pipeline rates of return. Secured reversal of FERC exclusion of master limited partnerships (MLPs) from the proxy group. Represented major interstate pipeline in multi-party rate case proceedings. Served as counsel for new pipeline seeking authorization to construct and operate facilities that will deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a proposed foreign LNG terminal to the U.S. Representation included protecting interests in connecting pipeline proceedings involving gas quality/LNG interchangeability issues. Advised Brazilian natural gas storage company on regulation of natural gas storage in the United States and internationally. Represented pipeline and LNG plant owner in certificate and rate proceedings. Represented interstate natural gas pipelines and shippers in proceedings to establish gas quality standards in pipelines' tariff. Represented pipeline interests in preserving and strengthening shipper creditworthiness standards before the FERC, Court of Appeals and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) in the aftermath of Enron. Represented interstate gas pipeline in cashout hearing, defended against allegations of imprudent gas purchasing practices and mismanagement of storage assets. Obtained an order, after hearing, requiring another natural gas pipeline to interconnect with client's pipeline facilities. Represented customers of electric utility seeking greater transmission access in a merger proceeding under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act and assisted companies to comply with Section 203's filing requirements. Represented independent power producers. in matter involving anti-competitive bidding requirements in capacity auctions. Obtained rare acquittal of tax protestor charged with tax evasion and failure to file tax returns.

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FERC Clarifies Prohibition on Buy/Sell Arrangements
Gus Howard,Gregory K. Lawrence,Howard L. Nelson, October 28, 2015
At the request of Rice Energy Marketing LLC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on Oct. 15, 2015, issued a Declaratory Order that clarified the extent to which releases of capacity to asset managers are exempt from FERC’s prohibition on buy/sell transactions. As clarified, the...

FERC’s Reaction to CEQ’s Greenhouse Gas Guidance: For Now, Business as Usual
Gus Howard,Howard L. Nelson, July 14, 2015
On June 23, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Order Denying Rehearing of its earlier April 6, 2015 order, authorizing Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC to construct and operate natural gas liquefaction export facilities. The order is noteworthy for the Commission’s response...

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Howard L. Nelson

2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20037


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