Susan G. Lafferty: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Susan G. Lafferty

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Energy, Environmental & Commodities
  • Government Enforcement & Investigations
  • Environmental
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy
  • Renewable & Transportation Fuels
  • Policy & Government Affairs
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Crisis Management
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0168
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Virginia, B.A.
Law SchoolGeorge Mason University School of Law, J.D.
Admitted2000, Virginia; 2001, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, Women's Council on Energy and the Environment
Member, Renewable Energy Section, American Bar Association
Member, Climate Change, Science and Technology Section, American Bar Association

BornRichmond, Virginia, July 3, 1969

Susan Lafferty advises clients on the growing array of energy and environmental issues-including regulatory and other policy-related developments-impacting the petroleum, bio-fuels and energy trading industries. A member of Sutherland's Energy Practice Group, Susan focuses on the regulatory and commercial issues related to EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, including helping clients navigate enforcement matters related to the trading or use of invalid RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers). In addition, Susan works with clients to develop risk management and mitigation tools to address potential spills or releases that may occur when transporting and storing products like crude oil, distillates, liquefied natural gas and coal.

Susan is also a member of Sutherland's Crisis Management team, helping clients navigate crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation.

To learn more about how Sutherland defends companies facing challenges on multiple fronts, including civil litigation and parallel criminal investigations, multidistrict litigation proceedings, putative class actions, Congressional investigations and hearings, regulatory investigations, internal investigations, shareholder direct and derivative claims, and corporate disclosure issues, visit

Selected Experience

Sutherland counsels energy clients on transportation and renewable fuel compliance.

Sutherland advises multiple energy clients on matters involving California's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS).

Sutherland aids multiple clients on EPA enforcement proceedings.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: regulatory (2015)

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Crisis Response & Incident Investigation


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EPA Methane Regulations for the Oil and Gas Industry
Joshua L. Belcher,Lillian A. Forero,Paul F. Forshay,Jay Holloway,Susan G. Lafferty, August 21, 2015
On August 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced several proposals, including the first federal regulations, which, if adopted, would require the oil and gas industry to reduce methane emissions.

Final Clean Power Plan Released; Significant Changes Will Not Ward Off Legal Challenges
Jay Holloway,Susan G. Lafferty,W. Henry Parkman,James A. Thompson,Liz Williamson, August 6, 2015
On August 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited final rule regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants (Clean Power Plan). In nine months, EPA waded through more than four million public comments and formulated the final rule. EPA retained some of...

New Standards for Shipping Crude Oil, Petroleum Products and Renewable Fuel by Rail
Susan G. Lafferty,David M. McCullough,Ryan R. Weiss,Shelley Wong, May 5, 2015
On Friday, May 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for transporting flammable liquids in a continuous block of 20 or more tank cars or 35 or more tank cars loaded with a flammable liquid that are dispersed throughout a...

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Susan G. Lafferty

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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