Balch & Bingham LLP today announced that Margaret Caravelli has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Environmental & Natural Resources Section and the Energy Section. Ms. Caravelli has a decade’s worth of experience serving as a senior legal counsel to key U.S. congressional committees responsible for environmental and energy policy.
“Margaret’s experience directly aligns with the ongoing needs of many of our clients in the energy, environmental and governmental relations spaces,” said Alan T. Rogers, managing partner. “Both the firm and our clients will benefit from her deep knowledge of federal policy and regulation.”
On Capitol Hill, Ms. Caravelli worked closely with members of Congress and federal agency officials while serving as lead counsel on Clean Air Act issues for three congressional committees, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works; the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology; and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Her responsibilities included the drafting and negotiating of amendments to the Clean Air Act enacted as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, managing the consideration of legislation on the floor of the U.S House of Representatives and playing a key role in the confirmation process for senior environmental and energy officials.
“Margaret is well known in federal policy circles as a leading clean air and climate attorney,” said Steven G. McKinney, chair of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources Section. “She will bring significant governmental and private sector experience to her service for clients across many regulated industries. Margaret is a great addition, both personally and professionally, to the firm’s talented bench of environmental and energy attorneys.”
Ms. Caravelli joins other legal and policy experts with Capitol Hill experience in the firm’s Washington, DC office including Jeffrey H. Wood, Sean B. Cunningham, William F. Stiers, and W. Louis Hengen Jr.,
In addition to her Capitol Hill experience, Ms. Caravelli served as the director of government affairs for the Oxygenated Fuels Association (OFA), as well as senior counsel for legislative & federal affairs for the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA)). Her private sector experience representing the producers of transportation fuels provides her with an in-depth understanding of the refining community’s legal and policy priorities and concerns.
“Today more than ever, energy law and environmental law are often intertwined. Margaret’s complementary experience with both areas is an incredible asset to our firm,” said Dan H. McCrary, chair of the firm’s Energy Section.
Ms. Caravelli received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in government and history with honors from Skidmore College, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar.
Ms. Caravelli has filed an application for admission to the D.C. Bar and as such, she is presently subject to Rule 49(c)(8) of the Rules of the D.C. Bar and is working under the supervision of a Balch & Bingham lawyer who is a member of the D.C. Bar. She is not a member of the D.C. Bar.