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National Law Journal Names McGuireWoods Partner Russell Sullivan an Energy and Environmental Trailblazer

April 27, 2015

Russell W. Sullivan, a partner in McGuireWoods’ Washington office and a senior adviser to McGuireWoods Consulting, is featured by the National Law Journal in its inaugural Energy and Environmental Trailblazers issue published today. The publication recognizes 51 top legal professionals who have “moved the needle” in the energy or environmental space.

Sullivan was recognized both for his role in shaping energy-related tax policy as a key Capitol Hill committee staffer and for his work advising McGuireWoods clients on the development and financing of energy projects.

Before coming to McGuireWoods in 2013 to lead its tax policy team, Sullivan was staff director for the Senate Finance Committee and helped develop most of the energy-specific tax legislation enacted in the past decade. During his tenure, the committee adopted his idea to establish a Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure to handle renewable energy tax issues and the highway trust fund. The result was a boom in renewable energy, the emergence of environmentally beneficial corporate tax incentives, and policies that benefit businesses and provide tax credits directly to individuals.

Among the policies Sullivan helped write is a provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that created incentives for investments in clean coal technology. Sullivan helped draft provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill that created tax incentives for land preservation, alternative fueling stations, and production of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel. He also played a role in shaping tax policies that promote the safe use of nuclear energy by the nation’s utilities.

At McGuireWoods, Sullivan has leveraged his in-depth knowledge to help clients develop and finance environmentally friendly energy projects, including carbon-capture and sequestration technology that can allow coal to be burned more cleanly. Financing options made possible by policies that Sullivan helped write will allow clients to develop new and sustainable sources of power and to export their technologies around the globe.

Sullivan counsels clients on a wide variety of issues in a broad range of industries, including energy, tax, healthcare, pensions, transportation, education, trade and economic development, as well as matters involving the nonprofit and for-benefit enterprise sectors. In addition to providing strategic legal counsel, Sullivan advises clients on strategy and business planning as a senior advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting, the firm’s public affairs subsidiary.

Sullivan began working on Capitol Hill in 1995 and joined the Senate Finance Committee staff in 1999. He served as the committee’s staff director from 2004 until his retirement from the Senate in 2013. During his tenure, many of the most complex issues facing the business community came before the committee.

Sullivan received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Texas in 1987. He serves on the boards of Capital Area Reach, a mentoring program for students in the Washington, D.C., area, and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Russ has served as legal or designated guardian for 22 children over the past decade.


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