Squire Patton Boggs lawyers Kevin S. Levey and Stephen A. Owens have been recognized as 2016 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers by the National Law Journal.
The award honors legal professionals who continue to make their mark in the regulatory, compliance and litigation areas of energy and environmental law. Honorees were selected from hundreds of nominated lawyers.
Mr. Levey, a partner in the firm’s global Energy & Natural Resources Practice, focuses on the development of solar, biomass, biofuels and other renewable energy power projects, as well as clean coal-fired power projects in the US and Latin America. He has been involved in some of the first utility-scale renewables power purchase deals. In his profile, the NLJ highlights the work Ms. Levey has handled in “counseling companies looking to enter new markets where energy prices are high enough to sustain costs without requiring government programs” in places such as Chile and Honduras. More recently, Mr. Levey is working with clients exploring the Mexican market, given the country’s allowance of more foreign investment and the completion of its first auction for renewable energy.
With appointments by Presidents Obama and Clinton, and service as a top aide to Al Gore in the US House and Senate, Mr. Owens is recognized for his legacy in dedicating his career to addressing environmental, safety and health issues in the US. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Owens served as US EPA’s Assistant Administrator in charge of the Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention where he oversaw the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other major environmental statutes. At Squire Patton Boggs, he remains heavily involved in the effort to modernize TSCA, including advising members of Congress and testifying before congressional committees. Before joining US EPA, Mr. Owens was Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, where he was active on climate change issues and co-chaired the Western Climate Initiative. Mr. Owens served as Counsel to the US House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight (chaired by then-US Representative Al Gore) and as Gore’s Chief Counsel in the US Senate. On Gore’s staff, Mr. Owens was involved in the passage, oversight and reauthorization of major environmental legislation, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).
Mr. Levey and Mr. Owens were profiled in a May 23, 2016, special supplement to the National Law Journal, spotlighting the top 50 energy and environmental trailblazers.