Mr. Nevins is “highly regarded by the market for his LNG and oil pipeline practice. He is resoundingly praised by commentators and clients as a ‘top-rate lawyer’ with the ability to handle ‘the regulatory heavy lifting.’"Chambers USA 2017

J. Patrick Nevins

Washington, D.C.
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA

Patrick Nevins is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Energy Regulatory & Markets and Project Finance Practices.

Mr. Nevins has more than 25 years of experience advising leading energy companies in the development of major infrastructure projects, administrative litigation, and high-stakes regulatory matters. His clients have included companies in all segments of the natural gas industry including pipeline companies, LNG project developers, local distribution companies, producers, as well as oil and liquids pipelines and shippers, and electric utilities.

Mr. Nevins has advised clients with respect to commercial arrangements and regulatory approvals for numerous major infrastructure projects. These include NGL pipelines, gathering and processing facilities, expansion of existing pipelines, a new interstate gas pipeline, and LNG project exports, among others.

Mr. Nevins has developed a deep understanding of the government agencies that regulate the energy industry and represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory commissions, the Department of Energy (DOE), and in the US Courts of Appeals concerning the judicial review of agency decisions.

In 2018, Mr. Nevins was named to BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Star List, which recognizes leaders in superior client service identified exclusively by corporate counsel. Mr. Nevins is recognized as a leading energy regulatory lawyer and has been repeatedly named a leading lawyer in the energy and oil and gas industry by Chambers Global (2012-2018), Chambers USA (2005-2018), The Legal 500 US, Who’s Who Legal (2011-2017), Best Lawyers (2012-2019), and Euromoney’s ExpertGuides (2013-2016).

 Mr. Nevins’ experience includes representation of:

  • A major interstate gas pipeline and one of the country's largest gas storage operators as principal outside FERC counsel for more than 15 years
  • An existing LNG import terminal with expansion of their regas operations and the development of its US$4 billion liquefaction and export project
  • Several greenfield LNG export projects, including the only proposed FLNG deep-water port project
  • The largest owner of a joint venture in the project development of a US$5 billion, approximately 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/day natural gas pipeline
  • Trans Alaska Pipeline System owner, and of all the TAPS owners as lead discovery counsel in rate litigation before FERC and RCA*
  • A midstream company providing gathering, processing, and fractionation services for new shale production, and related NGL transportation
  • One of nation's largest electric utilities in pipeline FERC proceedings, including several that culminated in contesting ALJ hearings*
  • Various sponsors of, and lenders to, oil and gas pipeline projects in M&A transactions
  • Several natural gas storage facilities successfully securing FERC certification, with authorization to charge market-based rates*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

  • Bar Qualification
    • District of Columbia
    • Maryland
    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1992
      magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    • BA in International Relations & Global Studies & Economics, University of Virginia, 1989
      With Distinction
  • Practices
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