Dustin Elliott’s practice focuses on environmental and energy law. He has particular experience advising clients on the intersections of natural resource, renewable energy, and climate change law and policy.
In addition to counseling clients on regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters involving project development, power procurement, and clean energy deployment, Mr. Elliott also has experience advising project developers on permitting and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and other natural resource statutes. His environmental and natural resource law experience covers a variety of industries, including energy, transportation, water, mining, and agriculture. He is experienced in local, state, federal, and international laws, regulations, initiatives, and programs to promote the development of utility-scale solar and wind, energy efficiency, energy storage, and distributed generation clean energy resources. On the energy regulatory front, Mr. Elliott counsels clients on compliance and regulatory issues associated with the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Mr. Elliott represents clients before a host of federal and state regulatory agencies, including without limitation the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission.
Mr. Elliott has significant experience negotiating and drafting project-related contracts, including the environmental and energy provisions of purchase and sale agreements for the acquisition of both renewable and traditional energy projects. Mr. Elliott regularly leads environmental, natural resource, and regulatory due diligence efforts in support of a wide variety of transactions, including mergers, stock purchases, asset transactions, and joint ventures.
Mr. Elliott received his J.D. in 2014 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the managing editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and a recipient of the Thomas Edward Ryals Scholarship. In addition to his expertise on domestic energy and environmental policy, Mr. Elliott has also studied natural resource and sustainability policy in New Zealand, Fiji, and Madagascar. He is also a 2017 Fellow of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute.
Some of his representative matters include:
ENERGY REGULATORY & LITIGATION COUNSELING
NATURAL RESOURCE LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION
ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY TRANSACTIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE & ENFORCEMENT COUNSELING