Nicholas A. Dantonio Associate

Nick is part of the firm’s energy and environmental teams and primarily represents energy clients and other regulated industries in a wide range of matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other federal and state agencies.

Nick also regularly advises clients on regulatory and policy issues impacting utilities and other regulated entities. Among other matters, he has represented clients in base rate case proceedings, affiliate agreement approvals, and state initiatives related to renewable energy.

Nick has also represented clients in significant environmental rulemakings and defended against enforcement actions. He helps clients navigate through the complex federal and state permitting processes for large development projects and advocates for clients in any related litigation. Nick focuses on issues arising under the major federal and state environmental statutes with an emphasis on compliance, regulatory and policy developments, enforcement, and litigation.


Represents North Carolina electric utilities in negotiations and proceedings involving power purchase agreements with Qualified Facilities and other interconnection-related issues.

Advises electric utilities with Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards compliance and similar state initiatives.

Represents North Carolina electric utilities in base rate case proceedings, including managing discovery.

Advises electric utilities and other energy companies on a range of issues arising under federal and state environmental and historic preservation laws.

Counsels industrial clients in Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act compliance and policy developments.

Counsels an industry group in Clean Water Act regulation and policy developments.

Prepares comments on EPA rulemakings under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles & Comments Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2015
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, with distinction, 2011
  • Author, Vape Away: Why a Minimalist FDA Regulatory Structure is the Best Option for FDA E-Cigarette Regulation, 48 U RICH. L. REV. 1319, 2014
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
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