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J. Patrick Nevins

Washington, D.C.

J. Patrick Nevins

Patrick Nevins has over 20 years of experience assisting leading energy companies with the development of major infrastructure projects, administrative litigation, and high-stakes regulatory matters. His clients include natural gas pipeline companies, LNG project developers, local distribution companies, producers, oil and liquids pipelines and shippers, and one of the nation's largest electric utilities.

Patrick represents clients in all segments of the natural gas industry in an assortment of transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters. He has helped clients with commercial arrangements and regulatory approvals for major infrastructure projects including several LNG export projects, a new interstate gas pipeline, numerous expansions of existing pipeline systems, multiple storage projects, gathering and processing facilities, and NGL pipelines.

Patrick also represents energy companies in a full range of matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory commissions, the Department of Energy, and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals concerning the judicial review of agency decisions. He has tried numerous rate cases in hearings before FERC Administrative Law Judges, on behalf of both pipelines and shippers.

"He is popular among clients and peers, one of whom noted that he is 'completely committed to the client, tireless, bright and very effective'."

Chambers USA 2015

Representative Experience

Served for over 15 years as principal outside FERC counsel of a major interstate gas pipeline and one of the country's largest gas storage operators.

Represented existing LNG terminal with expansion of the regas operations, and now regarding its US$3.8bn liquefaction and export project.

Representing several greenfield LNG export projects, including the only proposed FLNG deepwater port project, as well as companies seeking U.S. LNG.

Representing new US$5bn, 564-mile, 1.5 Bcf/day joint venture natural gas pipeline, and of the largest owner of the JV in the project development.

Representation of a Trans Alaska Pipeline System owner, and of all the TAPS owners as lead discovery counsel in rate litigation before FERC and RCA.

Representation of project developer providing gathering and processing/fractionation services for new shale production, and related NGL transportation.

Representation of one of nation's largest electric utilities in pipeline proceedings, including several that culminated in contesting ALJ hearings.

Successfully secured FERC certification of several natural gas storage facilities, with authorization to charge market-based rates.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Georgetown University Law Center, 1992
  • B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia, 1989


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas, "Up and Coming," 2005; Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) - Nationwide, 2006-2015

2012 - 2015

Chambers Global, USA - Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation)


Energy Law

The Best Lawyers of America


Who's Who Legal, Oil and Gas/Energy


Euromoney ExpertGuides, Energy


Regulated Industries: Energy, 2007 & 2015

Legal 500 US

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