Joe’s practice focuses on issue advocacy before congressional, White House and other executive branch officials.
Joe serves as head of the federal government relations team. His practice focuses on the policy issues related to global climate change, renewables and bio-fuels, energy, Homeland Security, the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws. Joe also provides strategic planning for corporations developing environmental mission statements or undertaking long-term business planning.
Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Joe served as counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the US House of Representatives from 1997 to 2003. As counsel, Joe advised the chairman on environmental and energy legislation, climate change and homeland security issues and conducted numerous oversight and legislative hearings. He also served as a member of US delegations to various international environmental treaty negotiations. Earlier, Joe was an analyst for the Massachusetts House Rules and Natural Resources Committees and an associate at two distinguished law firms, where he focused on environmental compliance work for corporate clients.
- Represent industry clients on proposed EPA regulations impacting electric generation and motor vehicle fuel production.
- Represent major gas and oil production companies regarding hydraulic fracturing issues.
- Represent major US refiners on federal renewable fuels program and related federal tax issues.
- Represent industry clients on proposed climate change legislation and EPA regulatory programs impacting greenhouse gas emissions.
- Provide strategic planning advice to companies on climate change and other future environmental regulatory programs and legislation, including CEO briefings.
- Represent industry clients and trade associations on issues arising from EPA’s regulatory proposals on National Ambient Air Quality Standards, mercury emissions, and regional transport emission reductions and other Clean Air Act issues.
- Represent major chemical industry trade association and individual companies on chemical plant security legislation, and implementation by the Department of Homeland Security.
- Represent chemical manufacturer on Montreal Protocol implementation issues and ongoing treaty negotiations.
- Lead US House staffer on several Clean Air Act amendments and other environmental legislation.
- Lead US House staffer on the 1999 Chemical Safety Information Act, which placed certain reasonable, national security-based limitations on the distribution of sensitive “worse-case scenario” data for chemical facilities.
- Primary US House conference negotiator for TEA-21 provisions establishing more flexible implementation of EPA’s ozone and particulate matter emission standards.
- Member of US delegation to global climate change treaty negotiations.
- Member of US negotiating team for US/Canadian transboundary ozone agreement on power plant emissions.
- Lead Counsel in planning and conducting numerous US House Commerce Committee legislative and oversight hearings on environmental and administrative law issues.