Balch & Bingham LLP today announced that Sean B. Cunningham has rejoined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Energy Section. Mr. Cunningham brings more than 15 years of legal, energy policy and congressional staff experience to the firm.
Mr. Cunningham’s practice focuses on energy policy. He has extensive experience representing electric utilities on regulatory, legislative and appellate litigation matters pertaining to electric transmission and distribution, utility telecommunications, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.
On Capitol Hill, Mr. Cunningham served as counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. While serving on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Mr. Cunningham was the lead negotiator and primary drafter for electricity and energy efficiency provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2003.
Mr. Cunningham began his legal career at Balch in 2001 where he represented electric utility companies in regulatory, legislative and litigation matters relating to federal energy and environmental laws. From 2005 to 2013, he practiced energy law at Hunton & Williams LLP.
“We are pleased to welcome Sean back to our firm’s Energy Section. Sean’s experience both in regulatory practice and on Capitol Hill brings valuable insight to our energy clients,” said Dan McCrary, partner and chair of the firm’s Energy Section. “We enjoyed working with Sean at the beginning of his career and are excited to welcome him back to Balch.”
Mr. Cunningham earned his Ph.D. in philosophy with distinction from The Catholic University of America in 2013, his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997 and his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Virginia in 1989.
Mr. Cunningham is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar, an associate member of the Virginia Bar, a member of the Federalist Society and a lecturer for the Institute for U.S. Law.