Mark W. Menezes

  • Washington, DC

Mark’s practice focuses on issue advocacy before federal and state regulatory agencies and the US Congress on energy and environmental policies.

Mark, head of the Hunton & Williams LLP’s Regulated Markets and Energy Infrastructure team, represents and advises corporations, utilities, and trade associations whose businesses are regulated by the FERC, EPA, CFTC, SEC, FCC and other Federal and State regulatory bodies.

Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Mark served as Chief Counsel to the US House of Representatives. In that role, he acted as chief negotiator and legislative architect for the House Majority in the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and provided agency oversight of FERC, DOE, NRC and EPA. Mark also served as staff counsel (Fellow) to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Before his government service, Mark was Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs for one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and coordinated regulatory and legislative matters in 11 states and with the Federal government. His experience and solid reputation as a former Congressional Committee Chief Counsel and as an energy company executive serves well the firm’s energy, regulatory and legislative practices and clients.

Mark is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer before numerous associations and civic groups, including legal education seminars. Topics include the nation’s energy and environmental policies, utility restructuring, telecommunications, ethics, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, merger and acquisition practices, and regulatory and legislative processes. He has also been quoted in the New York Times, Law360, Oil and Gas Journal, Politico and interviewed by E&ETV.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), and a group of commercial banks on the regulatory aspects of a $4.369 billion senior secured project debt finance, letter of credit and working capital facilities to finance the construction and operation of Train 1 of a multi-train natural gas liquefaction and export facilities project to be located on Quintana Island near Freeport. Awarded 2014 “Deal of the Year – Americas” by Project Finance International (PFI).
  • Represents utilities before FERC and Congress on issues including interstate transmission and wholesale power sales, policies and compliance, EPA on environmental issues and FCC on policies on pole attachments and spectrum use.
  • Represents energy companies and lenders in the development, authorization, and siting of LNG facilities and pipelines.
  • Represents the Working Group of Commercial Energy Firms before the CFTC and SEC on issues arising in the implementation of new regulations of energy commodities under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act bill.
  • Represents utilities and energy companies on issues on greenhouse gas regulations and climate change proposals. During the 111th Congress, he represented the Americans for Affordable Climate Policy which advocated for an emissions-based allocation formula.
  • Represents national energy trade associations, including those with members providing oil and natural gas, electricity, and renewable sources of energy to industrial, commercial and residential consumers.
  • Serves on Hunton and Williams Renewables Energy Steering Committee and has advised companies on the development, permitting and construction of renewable projects.