McGuireWoods partners Leonard Marsico and Bernadette Rappold, both members of
the firm’s energy industry team, are featured on The National Law Journal’s 2016
list of Energy and Environmental Trailblazers, published today. NLJ recognizes
top lawyers who influence change in the areas of energy and environmental law
with innovative legal strategies.
Marsico, a partner in McGuireWoods’ Pittsburgh office, has 25 years of
experience representing coal companies, natural gas producers and other energy
clients. He chairs McGuireWoods’ Complex Commercial Litigation Department and
heads the firm’s coal team.
Marsico serves as vice president of the 18-member board of directors for the
American Coal Council (ACC), the premier trade association representing the
mutual interests of coal producers, utilities, transporters and coal support
industries. In this role, he counsels the ACC in testifying at congressional
hearings, commenting on rules and regulations affecting the industry, and
joining pending and future litigation expected to have an impact on the
Rappold is a Washington-based partner in McGuireWoods’ Regulatory and
Compliance Department. Among her many accomplishments at McGuireWoods, she
played a critical role in persuading the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to extend financial incentives for converting animal waste into renewable
biofuel — an important initiative to help reduce air and water pollution in the
Before joining McGuireWoods, Rappold held various leadership positions at the
EPA. During her 15 years there, she was responsible for managing civil
enforcement litigation under multiple EPA authorities and for advising the EPA
administrator and other political-level managers on proposed legislation and
high-profile policy matters.
This recognition follows The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of
Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazers, published in March, featuring
McGuireWoods partners Ronald Aucutt, Dennis Belcher, and Charles “Skip” Fox, IV.
McGuireWoods partners were named to The National Law Journal’s four trailblazers
lists in 2015, including partner Russell Sullivan, who was recognized as an
“Energy and Environmental Trailblazer” last April.
McGuireWoods’ multidisciplinary energy team boasts more than 100 lawyers who
work across multiple sectors, from electric and gas, to natural gas and
renewable fuels, to coal and Marcellus shale, and emerging technologies. The
team represents 20 energy companies listed in the Fortune 500. The projects
handled by the firm’s energy team represent approximately 30,500 megawatts of
electric capacity with a combined value of more than $100 billion. They include
solar, wind, coal-fired, gas-fired, nuclear, and hydroelectric power generation
and cogeneration facilities, as well as nonconventional projects using
alternative technologies and fuels. McGuireWoods received a nationwide ranking
for Energy: Electricity in the 2015 Chambers USA guide.