By Adam Lidgett
Law360, New York (January 11, 2017, 8:05 PM EST)
Holland & Knight LLP on Wednesday announced the addition of an energy attorney with almost two decades of experience in transactions, litigation and regulatory advocacy, saying he has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., offices as a partner.
Joseph Donovan joined Holland & Knight after spending a little more than two years at a DC firm in Washington, where he was a partner and where he established and led the energy regulatory practice group, Holland & Knight said in its announcement. He said part of the reason for the move to the new firm was the fact that he can put together a team to handle every aspect of his client’s needs, including everything from standard energy regulatory work and transactional work to matters relating to clients’ connection to various state and federal agencies.
“Holland & Knight was very attractive to me because they have a well-developed and sophisticated energy practice,” Donovan told Law360 on Wednesday. “The platform allows for and encourages a team-based approach that really attracted me to the firm.”
During his about two years at his former firm, he worked in the energy regulatory and practice group, representing a broad array of energy clients, and doing work on behalf of clients that related to various federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense, he said.
Before that, he was assistant general counsel at Exelon Corp., one of the largest integrated energy companies in the U.S. He worked there for a little more than seven years, he said, as part of the company’s regulatory group, in which he helped manage regulatory advocacy and litigation on behalf of generation, wholesale trading and retail energy operations.
He also spent about a year in Chicago at DLA Piper, before which he worked at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP for a little more than three years. He also worked for about three years at the boutique firm O’Keefe Ashenden & Lyons before he and the rest of the public utility practice group moved to Kelley Drye & Warren, he said.
He also spent about three years as a legal and policy adviser at the Illinois Commerce Commission after graduating from Washburn University in 1996 with his law degree. He also has his undergraduate degree from the same university, he said.
At the new firm, he will be helping clients traverse the regulatory space at both the federal and state levels, and serve them in their project development and transactional needs, he said. He will be servicing interstate natural gas and oil pipeline clients, integrated energy companies and renewable developers, including solar-related clients, he said.
“Joe … expands our state regulatory and transactional capability throughout the Northeast as well as in Illinois, where he practiced law for many years including serving as executive legal counsel and policy adviser to the then-longest tenured member of the state’s public utility commission,” Michael Cavanaugh, co-chair of Holland & Knight’s energy practice, said in a statement.