Jennifer K. Roy

  • Partner
  • 12670 High Bluff Drive
  • San Diego, CA 92130
  • USA
  • T +1.858.523.3980


Jennifer Roy provides environmental counseling in all areas of environmental law with a particular focus on energy and major infrastructure projects.

Ms. Roy assists clients in a wide variety of energy and infrastructure matters related to power generation, renewable and conventional energy resources, land use entitlements, and environmental diligence. Ms. Roy has experience in administrative proceedings and litigation, including before California and federal agencies.

Ms. Roy advises clients on compliance with:

  • Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) before the CPUC
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • California Coastal Act
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings and environmental review processes
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA)
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
  • State and local land use laws
  • Habitat conservation plans

With experience both in private practice and in-house, Ms. Roy assists clients with federal, state, and local permitting for major energy and infrastructure projects, including desalination projects, power plants, transmission lines, renewable energy facilities, and liquified natural gas plants. Ms. Roy also provides advice to residential and commercial developers regarding local planning and zoning regulations and related environmental matters and state land use regulations. Ms. Roy further assists clients in defending approvals in administrative proceedings and state and federal court litigation.

Ms. Roy also counsels clients who are financing energy and infrastructure projects on a variety of environmental and social governance issues.

Prior to law school, Ms. Roy studied Environmental Studies and Public Policy focusing on international environmental law. During law school, Ms. Roy served on the editorial staff of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.


Ms. Roy’s representative work includes:

  • Multiple major transmission line projects before the California Public Utilities Commission, including approvals from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Obtaining and defending multiple agency approvals for 50 million gallon per day desalination projects in Southern California
  • Agency approvals and litigation for a desalination and water supply project in Monterey County
  • Entitlements and environmental approvals for mixed-use development projects in Southern California
  • Development and environmental review of liquified natural gas export and pipeline facilities in Louisiana

Thought Leadership

  • California Senate Passes Broad GHG Emissions Reporting Requirements -  February 08, 2022
  • President Biden Outlines Comprehensive Plan for Federal Sustainability -  January 11, 2022
  • CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development — Full Report -  May 17, 2019
  • California Legislature Eyes 100% Clean Energy Target -  July 16, 2018
  • CEQ Seeks Input on Potential Revisions to NEPA Regulations -  June 25, 2018
  • BLM Begins Scoping Process to Consider Amendments to Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan -  March 13, 2018
  • Interior Department Excludes Incidental Take Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act -  January 16, 2018
  • U.S. Army Corps Issues 2017 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits -  April 11, 2017
  • California Supreme Court: CEQA Requires Study of Potential Impacts to ESHA -  April 04, 2017
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Eagle Rule Revision  -  January 05, 2017
  • Clean Energy Law Report: US Fish and Wildlife Service Moves Forward With Proposed Eagle Rule Revision -  September 28, 2016
  • Clean Energy Law Report: BLM Moves Forward with Phase I of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan -  September 22, 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: California Energy Agencies Advance Renewable Transmission Line Planning  -  May 24, 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: 6 Key Takeaways from the FWS’s Proposed Update to the Eagle Act Rules  -  May 09, 2016
  • Can Calif.'s Gov. Still Hit His Climate Change Goals? -  October 06, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: CA Passes Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates -  September 18, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Limits Migratory Bird Treaty Act Applicability to Incidental Take  -  September 17, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Rejects 30 Year Eagle Permit Rule on NEPA Grounds -  August 19, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: DRECP Agencies Announce Phase I Updates  -  June 23, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: DRECP Agencies Announce Phase I Updates -  June 23, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report - US FWS Proposes First-of-its-Kind Migratory Bird Incidental Take Authorizations -  June 02, 2015
  • Calif. Energy Conservation Plan Hits Speed Bump -  April 06, 2015
  • Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to Streamline Permitting for 20,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy -  October 23, 2014
  • A Step Toward Expediting California Clean Energy Permits -  October 02, 2014
  • California Coastal Commission Further Solidifies Enforcement Powers -  August 22, 2014
  • Developers’ Communications with Agencies Not Privileged: California Appeals Court Holds -  July 10, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Vacates Ruby Pipeline "No Jeopardy" Biological Opinion  -  November 07, 2012
  • Proposed Revisions to Regulations for Eagle Take Permits -  July 09, 2012
  • Compliance with the Clean Water Act for 2012 -  May 29, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: U.S. Army Corps Reissues 48 Existing and Two New Nationwide Permits  -  March 08, 2012
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2011
  • BA, College of William & Mary, 2007
    magna cum laude
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Environment, Land & Resources