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About Jeff

Jeff Holmstead, former assistant administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for Air and Radiation, is one of the nation’s leading climate change lawyers as recognized by Chambers USA (2008-2016) and heads the environmental strategies group (ESG) at Bracewell. The ESG is a multi-disciplinary group that includes environmental and energy attorneys, public policy advocates and strategic communications experts – most of whom have had high-level government experience. Under Jeff’s leadership, they work together on a daily basis to advise and defend companies and business groups confronting major environmental and energy-development challenges, both domestically and globally.

From his time in both the government and the private sector, Jeff is very familiar with the environmental and energy challenges facing the business community. He advises clients dealing with an increasingly complex regulatory, legal and public relations landscape, drawing on his experience in policy development, administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation and strategic communications. He has worked with clients in a number of industries on issues related to climate change, Clean Air Act policy and enforcement, and energy policy — including the development of new coal-fired power plants, refineries, renewable energy sources, and electric transmission infrastructure.

Jeff headed the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation from 2001 to 2005, longer than anyone in EPA history. During his tenure, he was the architect of several of the agency’s most important initiatives, including the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air Diesel Rule, the Mercury Rule for power plants and the reform of the New Source Review program. He also oversaw the development of the Bush Administration’s Clear Skies Legislation and key parts of its Global Climate Change Initiative. Between 1989 and 1993, Jeff served on the White House Staff as Associate Counsel to former President George H.W. Bush. In that capacity, he was involved in the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the key steps taken to implement those amendments. From 1987 to 1988, he served as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Clients say he is 'the whole package. He is knowledgeable; a good public speaker and strategist. He has significant knowledge of the workings of the EPA. An industry expert.'
Chambers USA, 2016

Experience

Publications and Speeches

Keynote speaker, “Sea Change? Energy and Environmental Policy Under Trump,” Southern Gas Association Management Conference, April 27, 2017.
 
Moderator, “All Trumped Up: The First 100 Days and Beyond,” Gulf Coast Power Association Spring Conference & Exhibition, April 19, 2017.

Panelist, “Clearing the Air on the Status of Significant Air Regulations,” American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Spring Meeting, March 31, 2017.

Panelist, “The Evolving Southeast Energy & Environmental Policy Landscape,” Energy and Environmental Policy Landscape: Charting the Course for the Southeast Electricity Sector, hosted by Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, February 15, 2017.

Credentials

Education

Yale Law School,
J.D.
1987
Brigham Young University,
Bachelor of Arts
1984
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

News

News

Trump's Team Is Split Over the Paris Agreement

April 18, 2017
Scientific American Online

Trump to Require Two Rules Be Killed for Each New One Issued

January 30, 2017
Bloomberg News - Washington Bureau

EPA’s New Source Review Program: Time for Reform?

January 9, 2017
Environmental Law Reporter, The

A former air chief's warning about the EPA

April 17, 2016
Washington Examiner Online

Green billionaire warns GOP not to hold up Obama court pick

February 17, 2016
Washington Examiner Online

The dirt on the EPA's new clean energy credits

December 31, 2015
Washington Examiner Online

The EPA's Secret Staff

December 18, 2015
Wall Street Journal Online, The

The GOP's quick fix on climate change

September 28, 2015
Washington Examiner Online

Delaying Clean Power Plan unacceptable

August 3, 2015
Sentinel republic

Justices Reject Pollution Rules

June 29, 2015
Wall Street Journal Online, The

Court Gives Obama a Climate Change Win

June 9, 2015
New York Times - Washington Bureau, The

Litigation Awaits New EPA Emissions Rules

March 22, 2015
Wall Street Journal Online, The

The White House walks away from clean coal

February 17, 2015
McClatchy Newspapers Online

U.S. Clean Power Rules Delayed

January 8, 2015
Scientific American Online

EPA may miss deadline on climate rule

December 10, 2014
POLITICO Online

What the U.S. Needs to Do to Meet New Climate Commitment

November 13, 2014
Scientific American Online

The coming climate onslaught

November 11, 2014
POLITICO Online

Clean Power Plan is a "Glorious Mess"

November 4, 2014
Power Engineering Online

Supreme Court weighs issue of cross-state air pollution

December 7, 2013
USA Today - Washington Bureau

Businesses Wary as Obama Picks Get Edge in Senate Rules

November 22, 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

CQ News

October 15, 2013
CQ News

Coal industry cries foul over Obama emission rules

September 12, 2013
FuelFix - Houston Chronicle

Obama's climate plan aims straight at coal

June 30, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune Online

Obama climate strategy represents piecemeal approach

June 25, 2013
Washington Post Online, The

The social cost of carbon is on the rise

June 7, 2013
Denver Post Online, The

Log-jam in agency confirmations

May 22, 2013
Nature - Online

E.P.A. Will Delay Rule Limiting Carbon Emissions at New Power Plants

April 12, 2013
New York Times - Washington Bureau, The

Major changes for emissions?

March 19, 2013
Electric Light & Power Online

Why the EPA might delay its carbon rules for power plants

March 18, 2013
Washington Post Online, The

03.10.13 Looking Closer at Ernest Moniz, Gina McCarthy

March 15, 2013
Platts Energy Week TV - Online

Jackson Quitting EPA Hands Successor Fracking Fight

December 29, 2012
Bloomberg News Online

Post Election Update

November 9, 2012

CQ WEEKLY

November 3, 2012
CQ Weekly

Reducing Air Pollution

September 4, 2012
New York Times, The

Energy firms want predictability from Washington, lobbyists say

August 29, 2012
MarketWatch - Washington Bureau

Federal appeals court strikes down Obama air rule

August 21, 2012
Washington Post Online, The

EPA Greenhouse-Gas Rules Upheld by U.S. Appeals Court

June 26, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

EPA Proposes Tougher Rules on Soot Opposed by Industry

June 15, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

King Coal Gets Fracked

June 11, 2012
Business Facilities Online

EPA rule could halt new coal plants

March 27, 2012
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Online

Coal Utilities Take EPA to Court

February 29, 2012
EnergyBiz Online

EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules Under Scrutiny in Two-Day Hearing

February 28, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

Emissions regulations still far off

January 24, 2012
Politico Pro

Health and Environmental Groups Praise New Emissions Regulations

December 22, 2011
Public Broadcasting - Online

Industry pressure and politics blamed for Obamas smog rule delay

September 7, 2011
Environmental Finance (Online)

Lack of Energy Policy Kills Two Plant Proposals

August 4, 2011
National Review Online

With Start of July, More Facilities Need CO2 Permits

July 1, 2011
New York Times Online, The

CQ WEEKLY

May 14, 2011
CQ Weekly

Former EPA official says new rules could be costly

April 14, 2011
Associated Press - Bismarck Bureau

EPA rules could make fish safer to eat

March 19, 2011
Brattleboro Reformer

Coal-fired power plant emissions to be regulated

March 17, 2011
Arizona Daily Star Online

EPA proposes regulating mercury from coal plants

March 16, 2011
Houston Chronicle Online/chron.com

JOSHUA TREE: Smog continues to plague national park

February 14, 2011
Press-Enterprise Online

Soot Crackdown Lags as EPA Wrestles Other Deadlines

January 27, 2011
New York Times Online, The

Texas agency a no-show at EPA hearing

January 15, 2011
Houston Chronicle

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers USA
Climate Change, 2010 - 2016; Environment, 2008 - 2016
The Legal 500 United States
Environment: Litigation, 2016, 2012
ALM Media Properties, LLC
National Law Journal
Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2016
Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Evironmental Law, 2008 - 2017

Events