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Grant William Eskelsen

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  • Wake Forest School of Law
    J.D., 2011
  • Williams College
    B.A., 2005
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia, 2012
  • Maryland, 2011
About Grant
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I represent participants in the nuclear energy space, helping clients navigate the complex commercial and regulatory risks in this highly regulated industry. I advise all types of clients, including large, publicly traded utilities, private holding companies of market participants, large equity investors and hedge funds, manufacturing and oil service companies, and nuclear technology start-ups.

  • What types of matters do you work on most often?

    I focus on the complex regulatory and commercial matters involved with participation in the nuclear industry as companies continue to invest and develop the sector. This includes supporting owners and operators of existing nuclear power plants and fuel cycle facilities in all sorts of transactions and issues, supporting international trade in nuclear equipment and materials, including advising on export control issues, developing and obtaining NRC licenses for new plants and designs, and obtaining NRC and agreement state approvals for sales of licensed interests to new owners, including to companies looking to continue operating the plants or undertake decontaminating and decommissioning of nuclear sites. A portion of my work also involves helping clients prepare for and conduct decommissioning, including managing spent fuel at the site and recovering costs from DOE for spent fuel storage.

  • What legal challenges are you looking forward to tackling in the future?
  • Which courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of clients?

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  • Merger of nuclear plant owners: Represented a public utility holding company in obtaining regulatory consents for its merger with another public utility holding company.
  • Sale of unique power reactor for decommissioning: Represented public holding company and its operating subsidiaries in connection with the sale of a uniquely situated nuclear reactor to a specialty decommissioning contractor to complete the decommissioning of the reactor, including submittal and responses of NRC license transfers.
  • Sale of research and test reactors for decommissioning: Represented sellers as transactional and regulatory counsel in sale of research and test reactors to a subsidiary of leading decontamination and demolition contractor for accelerated decommissioning of site, including obtaining required Federal and state regulatory approvals.
  • Support nuclear companies bankruptcy emergence: Represented public utilities and fuel cycle facilities on nuclear regulatory issues and in obtaining NRC and agreement state facilities approvals for emergence from bankruptcy protection as debtor-in-possession.
  • Regulatory Support for Sale of Fuel Supply Participant: Represented global fuel cycle participant on nuclear regulatory issues and in obtaining NRC 
  • Investments in uranium fuel supply: Advises market participants, including operating companies and investment firms, in uranium fuel supply agreements.
  • Part 810 and Export Controls Compliance: Advises companies on compliance strategies, obtaining licenses and authorizations, and responding to U.S. government questions regarding nuclear export controls, including 10 CFR Part 810 and 10 CFR Part 110. 
  • Nuclear decommissioning trust funds: Advises companies on funding and use of nuclear decommissioning trusts, including negotiation of trust agreements and investments of trust funds.
  • Spent Fuel Management and Litigation: Advised multiple utilities in litigation against the Department of Energy for failure to remove fuel from sites for disposal at a geologic repository.



    • Wake Forest School of Law, J.D., 2011
    • Williams College, B.A., 2005
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012
    Bar Admissions
    • District of Columbia, 2012
    • Maryland, 2011
    Awards & Accolades
    • The Legal 500 US, Rising Star, Energy Regulation: Electric Power, 2023-present
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch, Corporate Law, Energy Law, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Washington, 2022–present
    Community Involvement
    • Williams College Society of Alumni, President, 2013-2023, Executive Committee Member, 2023-2025
    • Little Beginnings Child Development Center, Treasurer, 2022-2024
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Claims, Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Claims, Judge Thomas C. Wheeler
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Judge Margaret M. Sweeney