McGuireWoods LLP announced today that Dana
Palmer has joined the firm’s environmental solutions and energy and
utilities groups as senior counsel in Los Angeles. He will focus his practice on
renewable energy, climate change, environmental due diligence, land use, water
quality, and contaminated sites.
Since enactment of California's landmark climate change law (AB 32) in 2006,
Palmer has advised both public and private-sector clients in California Air
Resources Board rulemakings. In addition, he has assisted clients with strategic
planning in anticipation of the state’s cap-and-trade program. In the area of
renewable energy, Palmer has counseled clients concerning California’s evolving
Renewables Portfolio Standard, the state’s feed-in-tariff, and the numerous
programs administered by California utilities to encourage the development of
“This is an exciting time for the energy and environmental industries, and we
are delighted that Dana has decided to join the firm,” said
Alphonso, co-chair of McGuireWoods’
Environmental Department. “His extensive experience in various sectors will
greatly serve our clients in California.”
Palmer joins McGuireWoods from Los Angeles-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
LLP. From 2009 to 2010, he chaired the California State Bar Environmental Law
Section, a position that involved interacting with some of California’s top
environmental regulators and activists. During his tenure, he prioritized
outreach to energy lawyers and improved collaboration between environmental and
real property practitioners. Prior to joining the private bar, he served as a
staff attorney at Santa Monica Baykeeper, where he litigated matters concerning
water pollution and energy.
He has served as a special assistant to the administrator of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as on U.S. Senator Robert G.
Torricelli's staff as a legislative fellow. He began his career at ICF
International, an environmental consulting firm, where he assisted clients in
the nascent field of climate change and with established regulations affecting
air, land, and water. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Palmer interned in
President Bill Clinton's White House Office on Environmental Policy. He earned
his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.