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Sachin S. Desai

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Sachin S. Desai

Sachin Desai assists clients in the nuclear industry and throughout the energy sector. He brings with him a unique set of skills in law, business, and engineering.

Sachin practices nuclear and radioactive materials law involving the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of Energy, and international counterparts. He also assists clients with matters before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including on the permitting of liquefied natural gas export terminals. He is well-versed in administrative, energy, and environmental law, and served in law school as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

Sachin routinely writes on cutting-edge legal topics, and recently co-authored a detailed Chevron-framework analysis of the NRC's regulatory regime governing foreign ownership of U.S. nuclear power plants. He is also helping spearhead Hogan Lovells' new legal blog focused on next-generation nuclear reactors: HL New Nuclear

Sachin complements his legal experience with a practical understanding of the energy industry. Before law school, he was a strategy consultant assisting companies in heavily regulated industries. He holds a Masters of Engineering degree, worked as a Henry Luce Scholar at a research lab in Taiwan, and has published multiple technical research papers.

Sachin comes to Hogan Lovells from the NRC, where he served as a judicial law clerk with the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board Panel. Prior to working at the NRC, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Marian Blank Horn at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2013
  • M.Eng., Cornell University, 2007
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2006


  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Editor in Chief, Harvard Environmental Law Review, 2012-2013

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


Henry Luce Scholar

The Henry Luce Foundation

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