"He is a truly excellent lawyer who has a great commercial sense, he's timely and he produces a fantastic work product."

“He has a history of experience and strong relationships with agency staff, which makes him very effective in advancing client interests.”

Chambers USA 2021

“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 Development & 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 electric utilities, oil and liquids pipelines and shippers, and companies in all segments of the natural gas industry, including:

  • Pipeline and storage companies
  • LNG project developers
  • Local distribution companies
  • Producers

Mr. Nevins has advised clients with respect to commercial arrangements and regulatory approvals for numerous major infrastructure projects, including: new and expanding gas pipelines, LNG projects, gathering and processing facilities, and NGL pipelines.

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. He has been ranked Band 1 for Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) Nationwide by Chambers USA 2018-2019. 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 representing:

  • 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$7 billion, approximately 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/day natural gas pipeline
  • A midstream company providing gathering, processing, and fractionation services for new shale production, and related NGL transportation
  • Various sponsors of, and lenders to, LNG, and oil and gas pipeline projects in financing and M&A transactions
  • Trans Alaska Pipeline System owner, and of all the TAPS owners as lead discovery counsel in rate litigation before FERC and RCA*
  • Several natural gas storage facilities successfully securing FERC certification, with authorization to charge market-based rates*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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